The house area will please you with a stylish and well-groomed look only under the condition of its thoughtful planning. For buildings and paths together with vegetation to constitute a single ensemble, not only in the first days after its arrangement, it is necessary to draw up a plan. How is this done and how to protect yourself from the typical mistakes already at this stage of the work?
1. Sketch schematic plan
The basis for the design of your site will be the largest and most visible elements. Without designating them on the plan, you can not accurately estimate the free space and think about the location of the smaller details. Mark arches and fences, arbours, ponds or statues, pay attention to trees, bushes and other high or twisted trellis plants.
2. Evaluate the location and area of house
Landscape design involves a unity of color and style throughout the site. The house and everything that surrounds it must harmonize with each other. Mark it on your plan and check whether the area of the adjacent territory is not too small, or, conversely, whether your home is lost on its background. None of the design elements should interfere with convenience. So, the trees should not block the entrance to the house, the flowerbed in front of the porch will not look better.
3. Take a closer look to your site from different angles
Do not limit yourself to the external inspection, but also appreciate the view from your windows. Think about what is missing, what would you like to see every day. This technique will allow you to find original ideas for site design, if at the previous stages you have already provided everything.
4. Find areas with different lighting and humidity
For proper selection of plants for your local area will take time. Mark on the plan, where there is always bright sunlight, and where the shaded areas. Under suitable conditions, flowers, shrubs and trees will look lively and brighter. Note also the lowlands, where puddles form after the rain, there you can plant hygrophilous plants.
5. Think about further development
When planning, you should take into account not only the current view of the site, but also what it will become in the future. In a few years young seedlings will turn into large trees, grapes and other winding vegetation will grow, possibly new farm buildings will appear. Because of this, the general view of the site will change and many of the sunsets of the site will become shaded. Be sure to consider these changes in order to avoid serious corrections in landscape design and not to nullify all the efforts that you have made.
6. Calculate future expenses
Estimate how much you can spend on the implementation of the plan. To accurately calculate the budget for updating your site, it will not hurt to visit local garden and construction stores, nursery nurseries. Prices for building materials and varietal plants can not be called low, so the search for the most beneficial options can bring significant savings. Having dealt with the situation on the market, you will be able to make a list of expenses and at least acquire the most necessary, if all the money is not enough.
7. Choose practical decisions
Not all the options that look good on paper are just as good in reality. Appreciate all the ideas that you are going to implement, from the point of view of practicality. Problems can await you everywhere: aggressive plants can grow wildly and suppress the planted nearby, fences and arches require staining or other protection from decay, artificial ponds – regular cleaning. These and other small-scale care work for the territory are in great time and financial costs. Think about whether you can afford them.
8. Take care of the artificial lighting
Lighting is not only a matter of the beauty of your site, but also a trivial convenience. At night, it is much more pleasant not to stumble in the dark, but to walk through bright areas. Hang the bulbs in the courtyard, set the lanterns along the tracks, and for the gazebo the floor lamp will do. Make the local area even more attractive and help highlighting other details of the landscape (statues or ponds).
9. Highlight the entry area
Already at the entrance to the house everything should please the eye. Take care of a beautiful gate and fence or gates with a fence, made in harmony with the rest of the elements of landscape design. So guests will be able to appreciate your unrivaled taste at a glance.
10. Practical and stylish accent: pathways
Pathways in the grass are aesthetic and impractical: dirt gets dirty, and soaking in the dew is not the most pleasant feeling. Laying the tracks is not difficult, and it will be much easier for you to walk, and the impression of the local territory will change dramatically.
11. Avoid direct lines
In nature, there is nothing rectangular or even. To give your design a romantic shade and add harmony to the combination of vegetation and created by man will help me twisty lines. Flower beds and beds of irregular shape, wavy paths and other details with rounded outlines will help create a unique and exquisite landscape.
12. Make flair in design
Think about how to beat the large elements of the plot with the help of small ones. Small details have a unique charm. What can be the last brushstrokes in the picture you are creating? A small fountain in the middle of the patio, a birdhouse created or decorated with your hands or, perhaps, something else, no less alive and soulful?
13. Add colors
To equip a bed is also necessary with the mind. Take care that in it were introduced plants that bloom at different times. So at any time, some of the colors will please your eye. The main thing – remember the compatibility of plants, so that they do not oppress the growth of each other.
14. Consider the contrasting details
Contrast is the most important stylistic device. In addition to emphasizing the brightness of each other colors, apply in the design of the site also various shapes and textures. So, for example, spindle, azalea, and salvia, along with miniature bearded irises with their rich shades, gracefully decorate the elegant lines of the curb of white stone.
15. Originality is the number one
Listen to your feelings when arranging the local area. Of course, it is not shameful, and sometimes useful, to be inspired by other people’s ideas. But more than your joy, it will be your unique solutions that express your individuality and uniqueness.
Following these simple guidelines, creating a stylish and organic design of the site will not be difficult. But do not follow them implicitly, but use your creative potential and show imagination, because the main goal in this matter is that the result should please you.