Key Factors of Design
In order to create beautiful outdoor spaces, a design process should be followed. This procedure will aid organizing ideas to help create the best design solutions for each circumstances. A process is made up of design “rules” and factors which are applied as the project is carried out.Design rules, or principles, are aesthetic guidelines that help the designer create a visually pleasing design solution. None of these factors are of greater importance, because they are all crucial to a successful design. However, a key question that a designer has to remember to ask is, “Is this space functional?” At Outdoor Makeover, we want to make sure homeowners are getting the best use of their property, all the while beautifying it. Landscape architecture is the combination of dealing with the land and the natural environment while making it both useful and beautiful for people. Some of the natural factors that have to be considered when creating a functional design are: drainage, grade changes, views, sun and wind exposure, noise, and what existing natural features can be played off of. Additionally, to create the most functional space, a designer has to consider how a person moves through a space, which thresholds are used most frequently, privacy preferences, and how they want to use the space. Being able to give all these elements an artistic touch is what makes us true landscape architects. Everyone has an artistic eye to some degree, but it takes a designer to be able to bring those aesthetics to life. Examples include, but are not limited to, appealing color combinations, matching architecture, playing with heights for balance, creating a harmony between hardscape and softscape elements, using focal points, and understanding textures. Outdoor Makeover understands how to tie everything together into the very best possible unified design for your space.
- Design with color, not only green
- Design for Functionality
- Make flat spaces for the family to use and enjoy the space.
- Create access to different parts of the property via walkways and/or staircases.
- Install irrigation to automate the survival of plants, and make them thrive.
- Fix Drainage
- Create height and elevation
- Create harmony with hardscape and softscape elements.
- Use boulders to authenticate landscape beds and build retaining walls.
Our timeless designs ensure your space looks good now and keeps looking better. We consider how the seasons affect the different parts of your yard. The plants we recommend are chosen with the year round view in mind. We design our patios and pergolas with fire features or outdoor heaters for you to enjoy your space on cool nights and misters for hot sunny days to put you in control of your surroundings. There are many styles of design, but we look for your preferences.
Create Ambience with Water Features
Whether it’s a fountain or waterfall with or without a pond, maybe even a koi pond or a sheet of water paired with a hardscape element, water features are one element of your landscape you sense with your eyes closed. Lay on your hammock and relax, maybe even go to sleep. With the sound of water, we can mask the sounds of your neighbors or the sounds of traffic and transport the city life into a serene space in the woods. With our experience and knowledge, we can design a feature that is not only beautiful but helps to create a more intimate and relaxing environment.
Designs with Evening and Night in Mind
- Outdoor Lighting
- Post Lights on Columns
- Lighted Deck Steps
- Path Lights
- Fire for Aurora
Design for Privacy
As larger houses occupy smaller lots, the demand for outdoor living areas grows and privacy is at a premium. Privacy is not just about keeping prying eyes from invading your space, you may want to shield your view of your chattering, sunbathing neighbors. From perimeter plantings to fences, stone walls to garden structures, privacy can be added to your landscape in a number of ways. Outdoor Makeover can install staggered wooden boards that are stained in soft shades of different colors or create a one-of-a-kind privacy fence softened by shrubs in front of the fence.
Property-line plantings can provide screening and typically are not restricted by height-limiting municipal ordinances. Where space is tight, such as the side yard, fast-growing column like evergreens like Italian cypress and arborvitae or a sheared privet hedge can provide a simple solution to separate adjoining yards or block the sight lines of a kitchen window.
Some plants such as jasmine, gardenia, tea olives, daphne, royal standard hosta, butterfly bushes and roses have blooms which have a fragrant smell. Other plants have foliage that have nice scent such as anise, wax myrtle. Some prefer the smell of fragrant conifers like rosemary, lavender and thyme.
We love color, texture and form and incorporate different elements to make ordinary become extraordinary. We know color has the ability to affect your mood. We use your favorite colors and inspiration to design a cohesive theme. For some, the key is vivid colors such as stained pergolas or bright plants like the golden cypress with its yellow foliage or maybe a nice green background with a change in the color and powerful blooms such as the camellia hedge. We incorporate the right plants to complement the color and style of the house. Through the use of color, texture and form, we respect what is already established and pair the new landscape to create the perfect space for you.
Design is the cohesive factor that ties all elements together. From access and function of outdoor space to the flow of the elements of the landscape, when we design, the elements of your yard to flow as one entity. This is why we recommend additions like walkways and destination features such as a bench or swing at the end of a property to tie everything together. The most used element of the backyard is the outdoor living space. Maybe you want to go back in for a blanket or glass of wine? Or bring the bocce ball court from the basement? We like to design the outdoor living space in close proximity to your house for your convenience.