Everyone makes New Year’s Resolutions. Whether we like the idea or not, everyone likes to think of the new year as a clean slate, and it’s understandable why. We spend the year thinking about all of the things in our life that we want to change, whether it’s our diet, our work habits, or how we treat people. It’s the time of year where people line up for gym memberships or buy software for learning a new language. But one resolution that is often undervalued is the resolution to take care of our belongings, ideally how we treat our living space. It’s easy for people to change things about their appearance or to pick up a new hobby, but some people neglect the fact that their home and outdoor living space could use some changes as well. Simply updating your backyard could even help you progress in your personal resolutions. It’s a fact that your surrounding environment plays a big role in how we feel and treat ourselves so it’s important to keep your living area bright and fresh. It’s important to have a place you can relax and unload after experiencing the day’s stresses thrown at you. March is officially upon us in 2017, which is a perfect time to start reflecting on changes you want done to your outdoor living space. Spring is right around the corner and you’ll want an open space to enjoy the warm weather. Here are a few of the most popular landscape ideas to consider in 2017 that may pair with your resolutions: 1) Conversation Area: Maybe your resolution is to be more social, and if that is the case you’re going to want to have an area where you and your friends can congregate and enjoy the scenery. The best place to do so is on a patio area, either connected to your home or maybe set in the round of your backyard area so you can enjoy every angle of your outdoor landscape. Contacting your contractor about installing a patio or an outdoor kitchen is the first step in achieving your ideal conversation area. 2) Garden landscapes: Having a brightly colored garden can do wonders for the soul. Gardening is immensely therapeutic and being surrounded by floral accents such as lavender or mint have been known to lower stress and reduce tension headaches. If you’re wanting to have a garden landscape, however, it’s important to make sure you have a walkway through the garden so you can fully enjoy the view. Many homeowners are installing stone walkways/steps that not only serve as convenience but also serve as an aesthetic contrast to the bright colors of the flowers. 3) Mood lighting: Believe it or not, having some artificial lighting can enhance the aesthetic value of your backyard living space. When most people hear “outdoor lighting” they usually think of flood lights, which can be very harsh and blinding in what is meant to be an open conversation area. Some contractors even suggest light dimmers so you can adjust the lighting based on your mood or the setting you want to provide for you and your guests. Whatever you want to do with updating your outdoor living space, it’s important to have an outdoor contracting company that wants to provide you with your ideal landscape design. Your vision is important and in the end, you are the one who has to see the landscape everyday so it’s important to have a contractor that works with you to give you the best design imaginable. Contact us today!