Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Design tricks for small outdoor areas

Houses and condo unit sizes have become smaller, as have gardens and outdoor areas. With compact living areas now featuring as permanent components of our lives, space planning has become quite a challenge for homeowners and designers alike. When it comes to 'the great outdoors', homeowners need to be as clever with their space usage as they are with their interior layout. Here's how...

When it comes to compact gardens and backyards, you should consider where the widest view of your garden is and then position your furniture accordingly.

Vertical height

When you’re battling with a small space, it’s important to maximize vertical height instead of using up the floor space. For instance, if you’re a fan of water features, have a wall water fixture installed as a statement piece on your main wall, instead of  having a bulky fountain in the middle of your garden. 

Expansive view

Most homeowners' instincts say they should have their outdoor furniture backed up against an exterior wall. This often works, particularly for large outdoor areas, however, for compact gardens and backyards, you should consider where the widest view of your garden is and then position your furniture accordingly. This creates a more expansive view.

Another way to create a bigger view is to have levels for different spaces. Perhaps your garden could be on the 'ground floor', and a seating area could be on the next level. This creates a more expansive line of sight because the seats are on a higher level. 

Small furniture

Furniture come in all shapes and sizes. If you're working with a small space, avoid bulky furniture pieces as this can read as clutter and can simply take up too much space. Opt for furniture that complements the space you're working with.

Light and bright

Overhead outdoor covers can make the space look dark and small. If you have to cover up, avoid overhead trellises if you have vines or close in your outdoor area with walls. The best idea is to create an open plan area that feels light and airy.


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