While a pretty exterior is pleasing to the eye, the outside of your home can be actively enjoyed, too. From expansive patios to resourceful gardens, there are many ways to make use of your outdoor space. Here are five external and landscaping design ideas to consider for your home:
Classic Front Porch Swing
Optimize your front yard by adding a quintessential front porch with a swinging bench. Relax on the swing during weekends and warm summer nights, where you can read peacefully and enjoy a refreshing drink; your new porch could become your favorite spot in the house to unwind.
Veranda, Decks, and Patios
Your backyard has the potential to become a private sanctuary or a great place to entertain your guests. Extend your interior spaces outdoors with verandas and decks. Whether it is covered or uncovered, you can furnish a deck with water-resistant tables and seating to host parties outside.
If you have a particularly big yard to work with, consider building a patio. Create a rustic atmosphere or elegant oasis, with your own customized courtyard.
Backyard Fire Pit
One of the most popular features in outdoor design is a fire pit. Whether it is wood burning or lit by natural gas, there are many ways to customize a space for an outdoor fire. Cozy up during chilly nights to a circular fire pit in the center of your yard, or an attached fireplace to the wall of your deck.
Firepits are technically a part of a home’s hardscape design. Hardscaping is a landscape method that uses inanimate materials, like wood or stone, to conserve water and add textural variety to grassy lawns or yards. Wooden courtyards, stoned walls, and rocky pathways are all hardscape elements that can diversify your outdoor space and help you save on water.
While hardscaping can make it more convenient to walk around a yard and be outside, most homeowners appreciate having a scenic and/or harvesting garden to enjoy, too. If you are thinking about growing flowers, herbs, or vegetables in your backyard, try working with mostly native plants.
In Colorado, plants that grow here naturally are accustomed to the state’s dry and sunny climate, requiring less water and maintenance than non-native ones. There are many beautiful native shrubs and flowers, as well as tasty vegetables and herbs that you can grow successfully in your own yard.
Whether you are interested in planting a flowerbed or making a fire pit, there are numerous ways to liven up your exterior space. Designing your front porch or backyard will give you the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in the privacy of your own home.