Your custom-built home is everything you asked for; it’s beautiful, functional and built to last. And you deserve a yard as amazing as your house. With summer right around the corner, it’s time to think about making the most of your outside spaces.
Before you plant one seed, hammer one nail or shovel one shovelful, you need to figure out what you want and need in your yard. Take a look at your lifestyle now, and years from now. Do you need play spaces for kids? Do you like to entertain? Do you have pets? Do you need a lot of storage? Are you an avid gardener or do you want something as low maintenance as possible? Answering questions like these, along with determining a budget, will guide you in all your design and material choices.
When looking for a landscape contractor, do your homework. Ask friends, family and neighbours for recommendations and potential contractors for a portfolio and references.
When planning out your yard, work to its strengths. Are there areas that get more sun? More wind? You may want to make the most of the sun with a garden or build something that provides shade and protection from the elements. Keep an eye on your neighbours’ yards as well. It may affect where you want to place spaces for entertaining or peace and quiet.
Create focal points in your yard that you can build around. It could be a water feature, deck area or play structure. If possible, try to avoid making focal points out of trees or shrubs, for the simple fact that they can die and their replacements may change the intended feel of the space.
Work some flexibility and room to grow in your design. One of the easiest places to do this is in the gardens and flower beds. These are essentially blank canvases that you can fill with different colours, fruits, flowers and veggies every year. Furniture that has cushions you can easily swap out or cover also gives you a pop of colour that’s easy to switch up. It; a simple and relatively inexpensive way to keep things fresh.
Saskatchewan summers are beautiful, but short, and you want to create a space that makes the most of it. With a little planning you can create a yard that’s built to last, but still has room to grow.