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Designing Intimate Outdoor Rooms for Homes

Having a yard is great, but how do you make it feel cozy? Maybe you have a small backyard and aren’t sure what to do with it. You need to divide up your landscape for different uses or features. One great feature to add to your yard is an outdoor living room, where you can relax, dine, or entertain.

Designing Intimate Outdoor Rooms for Homes

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You can approach your outdoor room just as you would any indoor living space. You will need furniture, flooring (even if it’s just grass), a style, color scheme, etc., not to mention plants and perhaps a water feature. If you’re struggling to decide on a style, French garden style is a classic choice that suits just about any space. This is because of the symmetry and order of the style.

Some hallmarks of French garden style are geometric shapes, boxwood hedges, well-manicured shrubs, neat garden beds, lavender and stone. If you have a small courtyard, this style would translate very well.

One way to combine an intimate outdoor room and lots of plantings is a pocket garden. If you’re short on lawn area, make your outdoor room feel just as lush by adding dense groupings of planters to create an urban jungle. You can even use mirrors to make the space feel larger. Another small space strategy is to choose a simple neutral color palette and make use of every square foot, such as using built-in benches on a balcony.

Short on budget? You need little more than a picnic table, some string lights, and climbing plants to create an inexpensive outdoor entertaining area.

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Need more ideas for your small yard? Consider adding some lighting to extend your use of an outdoor room to night time. Add a new outdoor area rug to pull your seating area together or refresh an existing one. If you’re laying pavers, align them diagonally to create the illusion of more space. Especially in a small space, choose properly scaled furnishings and avoid clutter.

What are your suggestions for creating an intimate outdoor room? Let us know by leaving a comment.

Elements of the Ultimate Outdoor Living Space

What tops your wish list for the ultimate outdoor living space? In most cases, our clients’ favorite features are those that allow for socializing, dining, relaxing and a few fun activities. Of course, all of these elements are interwoven with gorgeous plants, trees and flowers that can make your yard a beautiful space year-round.

Here are some features we feel create the most well-rounded and enjoyable landscapes, most of which involve Colorado hardscaping to construct the foundation. Once your foundation is in place, you can continue to augment outdoor spaces as the seasons progress.

Contemporary Site And Landscape Plan by Denver Architects & Designers Alex Jewett: Godden Sudik Architects

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Work with your backyard climate. Your landscape is in constant transition due to natural weather patterns and the changing intensity of the sun as the earth orbits around it. Take a holistic approach by mapping your outdoor space with all four seasons in mind. This way, you can design hardscaping and landscaping elements that complement or protect it from existing sun, wind and water exposure.

Traditional Patio by Atlanta Architects & Designers Frederick + Frederick Architects

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An outdoor room. Adding an outdoor room gives you the ability to use your backyard year-round. Adding a solid foundation for a patio, water-tight covering and comfortable furniture can really enhance an all-weather outdoor space. When you include a fireplace in your design, you can stay cozy even on a cold winter’s night. Investing in an outdoor room will expand your home’s square footage and will make your property much more desirable for future home buyers.

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A serene waterscape. In addition to the soothing and relaxing qualities of a water feature, your fountain, pond, or stream bed can help cool surrounding seating areas, creating a wonderful space to escape the summer heat. There are many ways to incorporate water into your landscape and a professional landscape designer will design one that enhances your backyard’s function.

Traditional Patio by Sacramento Architects & Designers Debbie R. Gualco

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Al fresco dining. Warm spring, summertime and early fall mean plenty of outdoor dining opportunities for Colorado homeowners. Design an outdoor kitchen and dining area that accommodates your budget, and you’ll use it for years to come.

Are you ready to create the ultimate outdoor living space in your backyard? Contact Lifescape Colorado for expert hardscaping and landscaping design services.

Eclectic Outdoor Garden Styles

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There’s no cardinal rule of landscaping that says you can’t mix design styles. In fact, two of the most well-known early-20th century garden designers, architect Edwin Lutyens and plantswoman Gertrude Jekyll, were known for doing just that. Lutyens designed hardscapes and used Jekyll’s intuitive ability to choose plants that would create a unique and special garden space.

You can incorporate some of their techniques to create an eclectic Colorado garden design in your backyard landscape.

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Understand the role of architectural hardscapes

The hardscape designs form both the skeleton of your finished landscape, as well as unique features. Think carefully about how you can use the classic geometry of hardscaping to create walkways, plant beds, terraces and water features. Then, think a little outside the box to give them a different or creative flair.

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Masculine and feminine

Formal landscape designs lean more towards the masculine. It’s all about straight edges, symmetrical, geometric shapes and solid boundaries. You can appreciate the beauty of a formal hardscape design and then soften the edges by using rounded, draping and flowering plants.

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Be creative

Remember, we mentioned combining classic hardscape geometry with a creative twist? There are many ways to go about this. One example is the use of a traditional concrete walkway that becomes a part of a water feature’s path. Incorporate art pieces during the warm, dry season and use sculptures as a means of adding the unexpected to your landscape. Traditionally, a line of garden containers is planted with uniformly formal plants. You can shift the tradition by planting them with a variation of softer, asymmetrical plants.

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Make a graceful entrance

The entrance to the home is often an area where architects lean toward a more formal design, since this makes a more dramatic impression. You can enjoy a very classic and formal entryway, while still experiencing the graceful and feminine energy provided by groundcover that intentionally spills over onto walkways.

Contact Lifescape Colorado to begin creating your own eclectic Colorado backyard design. Or, turn to our landscape maintenance team to keep your garden looking its best all year long.

A Colorado Gardener’s February Checklist

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February is a tricky month for gardeners in the Rocky Mountain state. Sunnier days inspire hope that spring is on the way, but we know there will still be freezing temperatures before winter has truly run its course. The following Colorado gardening tips can help you give your garden the TLC it needs to begin the transition from winter to spring, without losing any beloved plants from overeager early planting.

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Prune trees and shrubs

One of the blessings of cold weather is that deciduous trees lose their leaves. You can finally see the true “skeleton” of the plant, which provides much easier access for pruning. Use this dormant season to remove any branches that are noticeably diseased or damaged. Trim branches that are beginning to cross their neighbors. If you have flowering or fruiting trees, thin the branches in the middle, so the tree has ample access to sunlight. Always use appropriate pruning tools.

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Stop pests before they start

You can use an eco-friendly dormant oil to prevent the eggs and larvae of common plant pests from maturing. Common pests in our area include leaf rollers, aphids and scale. Dormant oil is an effective means of controlling these pests without harming children or pets. Read the manufacturer’s instructions since it isn’t appropriate for all trees and shrubs.

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Plan your garden

If you haven’t had time to plan next year’s garden amidst the holiday hubbub, now’s the time. Before you’re tempted by all the seed catalogs making their way into your mailbox, comb through your stored seeds to see what you have on hand. Then you can make a list of the flowers and vegetables you need, so you don’t overbuy.

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Build a Mason Bee habitat

If you’re interested in boosting local pollination, but not so much in labor-intensive bee keeping, build a Mason Bee habitat. Mason bees are non-stinging, non-honey producing pollinators that live a solitary life.

If you don’t feel like braving your cold garden just yet, contact Lifescape Colorado. We offer year-round landscape maintenance services to ensure your gardens looks great during all four seasons.

5 Harmonious Hardscaping Ideas

A harmonious landscape is one that takes both short and long-term goals into consideration. Your landscape should be attractive, balanced and inviting, but also sustainable and environmentally friendly. When clients come to us for Colorado hardscaping services, we take the time to sit down and have a conversation regarding their long-term goals. Afterwards, we create the plans necessary for a fluid, interesting and harmonious landscape

Here are five harmonious hardscaping ideas that will keep your landscape growing in the right direction.

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Don’t be afraid to mix styles. Some of the most harmonious landscapes are those that mix both formal and informal landscaping techniques, like this row of formal planters filled with soft, informal herbs and greens.

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Think fluidly. If not done carefully, placing a water feature and a fire pit in your landscape may make your garden feel choppy and disjointed. Create a landscape plan that incorporates features you want, while allowing space for you to move around and enjoy the view.

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Use pavers. Begin exploring the world of pavers. They can be used to create a variety of looks, from tightly laid brickwork to large, asymmetrical stone steps. Pavers are the ultimate eco-friendly hardscape material. They’re sustainable and allow water to filter back into the groundwater supply. Pavers can even mitigate the heat island effect! Leaving space between pavers allows foliage to spring up in between spaces, which can soften the overall look.

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Hardscape planters. By incorporating hardscape planters into your landscape, you’ll have a versatile tool at your disposal. For a modern look, you can keep the planters filled with vertical plants and shrubs that maintain a more austere appearance. In a different season, you can add cascading plants to soften the look.

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Allow overflow. In order to provide continuity, allow some of your landscape to overflow onto the hardscape. Granted, you need to plan accordingly for maintenance and safety, but this look helps to soften hardscapes by using plants choreographed for color, height and visual balance.

Contact the design team at Lifescape Colorado, and take advantage of our Colorado hardscaping services. We’ll help you plan a harmonious landscape that will provide pleasure year-round.