4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Designing Your Dream Outdoor Space

Things to Consider About Your Landscape

When you decide to redesign your outdoor space, it’s good to have an idea of what you want from it. It can be difficult to know how to design something without first understanding the criteria. That’s why there are certain questions you should ask yourself when you design your landscape.

Here are four questions to consider when designing your space.

1. What Will the Space be Used For?

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Would you like a garden to care for? Maybe you want somewhere to throw a ball around, or you’d like to entertain guests. Perhaps you’re more interested in somewhere to sit and relax in the sunshine, or you’ve always dreamed of having a pool. You might enjoy sitting outside in the evenings, but sometimes it’s just too chilly.

The answer to this question will significantly affect the design. The layout of your space and the materials chosen are a direct result of this choice, and the average weather conditions will need to be accounted for with regard to how your design can be optimized them. A landscape designer can help you to navigate these more complex matters.

2. What Level of Maintenance Will be Required?

Some landscaping choices require much more maintenance than others. For example, a pool needs cleaning and filtering, a lawn needs cutting, and a garden needs regular attention.

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Of course, you can hire somebody to stay on top of the maintenance, but consider that this is going to be an additional cost. A deck or a patio, however, needs much less attention. It’s important to get an idea of the level of maintenance that you’re happy to do before you design anything.

3. Would You Like to Use the Space Year-Round?

If you’d like to make use of your outdoor space throughout the whole year, you’ll want to think about which landscaping options would best suit this.

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Typically, grass can be a little unkempt in the winter, and so it’s less inviting to make use of. If you decide to have a pool and it takes up most of your available outdoor space then it’s unlikely you’ll get to spend much time using it through the autumn and winter—but the addition of a hot tub could solve that problem.

A fire pit is another popular outdoor feature which can help to make your space accessible in all seasons.

4. Is It Possible?

It can be really fun to try and design your own outdoor space, but the logistics of landscape design can be quite intense. It requires detailed consideration of plumbing, irrigation and drainage, gas connections, and local code and ordinances, all of which could potentially cause complications in the design process.

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This is why most homeowners choose to hire a professional landscape designer to ensure that your outdoor space can be everything you want it to be without causing any problems, either during the build process or further down the line.

Here at Dalzell Design Landscaping, we’d love to help you achieve your dream outdoor space. Don’t hesitate to give us a call!

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