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Redesigning Your Backyard

Redesigning your backyard can significantly improve your quality of life at your home. The outdoor space around your home can be a functional extension of your living space. Creating a functional and gorgeous design for your backyard will give your family a space you will all enjoy for years to come.

First, list all of the things you would like to have in your backyard. Here are a couple of things to consider:

  • Do you plan to barbecue?

  • Do you plan to host parties or events?

  • Is a television or projector something you want outside?

  • Do you want to incorporate a sound system?

  • Have children that play in the yard? (What do they play?)

  • Do you like to have bonfires?

  • Do you want a quiet sitting place?

  • Is a pool part of your dream backyard?

In our list, include elements that each member of your family would enjoy and use. Take into account outdoor needs for pets as well. As you brainstorm everything you need in your backyard, consider the storage of outdoor items as well. Finally, be sure to note existing trees and plantings that you would like to remain in your landscape plan.

Second, consider your privacy needs. For example, do you have a tree line of existing trees for privacy? Or is your current outdoor space pretty wide-open? If you are looking for privacy, various evergreen options can create a lovely "green fence" for you. You might also want to use the same concept when planning your multi-functional spaces. For example, low hedges can visually help create "zones" in your backyard space.

The next element for you to explore is what level of maintenance you would like to commit to when redesigning your backyard. For example, if you have a green thumb and love to spend time working in the yard, you might be more interested in plantings and gardens that require a little more care. On the other hand, if you do not have a lot of time for lawn maintenance, you will want to design your space with this in mind.

As you consider your design, make sure to think about the style of your home. Your yard should coordinate with your architecture to truly make it an extension of your indoor space. For example, if you have a more contemporary home, you will want to use straight, square edges in the landscape design to match the home. Likewise, the colors you choose for patio pavers, hardscape, and planting should all be influenced by the current look of your house.

Redesigning your outdoor space can be more complicated than one might initially think. There are a lot of essential elements that you need to consider when redesigning your backyard. However, an expert with the right experience can guide you through creating a space that creatively increases your living space and enjoyment of your home.

Count on Arctic Green Landscape and Design to help you redesign your backyard. We are a 3rd Generation professional landscape, maintenance, and design company with over 20 years of experience within the industry. We offer many services for commercial and residential properties, from building sea walls to new flower bed installation - we'll make sure to get the job done right! Call us today at 231-631-5595 or get a free estimate on our website.




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