Friday, March 28, 2014

Backyard design options for your home

Having a large home with room to spare for a backyard is a dream for most homeowners. A backyard has the potential to be more than a decorative feature and an outdoor area to stroll in. Here are a few ideas to help you make the most of your backyard area...

For those who have a penchant for outdoor recreational activities, pools and playgrounds may be a good option.

Garden landscape

The most common backyard option is to have a garden landscape. Living in the city can sometimes make you feel restricted to the hustle and bustle of city life, which makes you yearn for nature and the outdoors. A backyard is the perfect opportunity to create a nature retreat. There are many garden landscape designs, with tropical landscapes being the most popular in the Philippines. It is best to consult a landscape architect to design and construct your dream garden. However, for those who have a passion for gardening, this may also be a good opportunity to put your passion to good use. 

Pond and water features

Relax amid the soothing sounds of fountains and water features right in your own backyard. Water features may be incorporated with a garden landscape for a fully-fledged nature sanctuary. If you’re into pets and fishes, you may also want to consider adding in a pond with colorful koi fish. Having moving, living critters in your backyard vista may also offer a pleasant viewing experience. 

Outdoor living and dining areas

A backyard can be a good place to create an outdoor living or dining area. Coupled with a garden landscape or a water feature, outdoor areas can offer the comfort of indoor living. You may relax and enjoy the best of both worlds in this backyard setup. 

Pools and playgrounds

For those who have a penchant for outdoor recreational activities, pools and playgrounds may be a good option too. Pools come in different forms and sizes. Choosing a shape and style of pool should depend on your use. Is it mainly for swimming as an exercise? Then perhaps a lap pool will do. However, if you’re looking to entertain guests by the pool, then a big, kidney-shaped pool may be a better choice. On the other hand, if you have kids, a playground may be a great amenity to have.

Know your lifestyle needs before you decide what to do with your backyard.


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