There is nothing better than time with friends and family outside in a beautiful living area. Patios, pergolas, water features, an area for your grill are all aspects that make warm summer afternoons enjoyable. I came across this article about , and I think it is really helpful when trying to figure out the possibilities for your outdoor space.

Seven Tips for Landscape Design for Beginners

If you’ve never tackled a landscape design before, you might be overwhelmed by all the choices you can make. But the same principles that guide your room setup inside should guide your designs outside, too. Here are seven ideas for landscape design for beginners.

Make a list of needs and wants. Do your kids need a play space? Do you want to grow vegetables? Would your family gather on a ? Do some very rough sketches of the yard with thoughts of where you want to place things; it’s a great organizing principle for landscape design for beginners. “These aren’t master plans, just ideas,” says Marianne Lipanovich, author of the Big Book of Garden Designs (Oxmoor House, 2008). “The one I did for our front-yard overhaul was literally a few lines and a couple of circles, but my husband understood the plan, and we went ahead with formal planning out on the site. You can easily play around with ideas without a lot of time and commitment.”

 The planning phase of landscape design is always important. Never rush through this step.

Study the sun and wind patterns. You might want to place a patio on the west side of the house, but it will get lots of afternoon sun, which means dinnertime in August won’t be relaxing — just hot. And wind whistling around a corner will quickly extinguish a fire pit. Those are common mistakes in landscape design for beginners. Your design should take into account what the sun and wind do at different times of the day and year. “You’ll need solutions to temper the problem,” Lipanovich says.

 Once your design is created and implemented, it is somewhat permanent. So planning out where each element of your outdoor space will be in relation to the sun and the different seasons is really important.

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