How To Design Backyard

You can learn how to design backyards through a plan. Think about what the backyard's uses will be. Consider interests, activities and landscape for how to design backyards to meet such needs. Regard backyards as outdoor extensions of the living space for homes. For the personal and private grounds that a backyard can provide, contemplate its space, perimeter, appearance, and purpose. Such contemplation supports the plans to create and design backyards successfully.  

To design backyards, you will need:

  • Writing paper—in the form of a notebook, pad or tablet
  • Drawing paper—in the form of a sketch pad, tablet or grid sheets
  • Writing instruments—pencils or pens
  • Ruler
  • Tape measure
  • Compass (optional)
  • Computer software word program (optional)
  • Computer graphic design program (optional)
  • Internet or hard copy phone directory (merchant or supply locator references)
  • Internet or accessible retailers or suppliers—for visual comparisons, concepts, examples, ideas, or impressions
  1. Determine backyard needs. Write out a list of what will be intentional uses for the backyard. Make rough notes as to how ornamental landscape will factor into plans for the backyard’s design.  
  2. Examine the backyard space. Look at the space to design backyards into desirable areas. Think about how such an area can best accommodate the overall plan for usage amid a landscape.
  3. Consider a backyard perimeter. Natural or structural boundaries serve as the two major options to enclose a backyard. While some yard enclosures create variations of a wall-like division, other methods to enclose the area are organic by vegetation. Should a fence or form of plant life be present, as well as to possess potential for a backyard design, the perimeter is in place. If there is not a perimeter, or an existing boundary requires replacement, then considerations towards enclosing the yard are in order. Where young children and pets use the backyard, a fence of structure is necessary. Preference towards privacy or acceptable separation deems the form of a structural fence. Style and type of fence are dependent upon personal taste. For areas that are expansive, not overly populated, suburban or rural, an ornamental landscape fancier may prefer a backyard boundary that can include flowering bushes, hedges, shrubbery or trees.
  4. Establish a plan to design backyards. Needs, space and perimeter for the backyard can provide an outline towards a plan. Gauge, measure and draw a blueprint to serve as the yard’s progressive working design. Develop the initial needs list into a progressive guide by writing down all necessary descriptive details to correspond with workable designs for a backyard.   
  5. Design purpose into plans for the backyard. Backyard use dictates how the outdoor living space will function. While families require more recreational and playtime features, adults prefer amenities that enhance relaxation and meals alfresco. Variations of barbecue provisions, outdoor furniture, patios, decks, ponds, pools, spas, fountains, statuary, bird baths and feeders, walkways, stepping stones, and lighting are common fixtures among choices of all occupants to plan for within any backyard design. Design plans to allow adequate space for select features, amenities and fixtures that the size of a particular backyard can or will accommodate.
  6. Impart balance into the backyard for design. Specific features, amenities and fixtures create a backyard to suit its use. Ornamental vegetation of choice develops the landscape that enhances residential outdoor living. Strive for the plan that provides a functional, as opposed to an equal, balance. Such a balance is truly found amid occupant preference.   
  7. Plan for the accents that bring design to a backyard. Choice ornamental vegetation fulfills the appearance of a backyard that invites use as it offers visual appeal. Strategically incorporate planting, specimen and border planting beds, as well as proportional green spaces. Beds and spaces, in both number and measurement, will vary, in accordance to the size of a backyard. For additional creative options, the supplements of hanging baskets, display planters, trellises, and arbors can instill dramatic interest. Choose evergreens and perennials to establish permanency. Achieve color themes or varieties through the supplementation of seasonal annuals and bulbs.


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