There’s nothing quite like an outdoor living space to help you relax, whether it’s with family and friends or a sanctuary of solitude. These additions can create incredible atmospheres that you treasure for decades. So what needs to happen to get the ball rolling? Here are a few tips from our experts at Precision Landscaping Corporation.

Do a Walkabout

Okay, you want an outdoor living space. What do you do first? A good place to start is walking around to see what you’re working with. What needs to go, and what can stay? Is there anything that will need to be moved or hidden from sight? Take note of everything so that you can relay everything you need to the landscaper.

Determine Your Goals

What you’ll be using your new outdoor space for will help determine your plans. For example, if you’re building it to create your own private place of serenity, things like soothing, man-made ponds or a peaceful garden are good choices. On the other hand, if you’re planning to host parties, you’ll need to ensure that there’s plenty of room for everyone, and you’ll also need to think about creating different areas where your guests can comfortably mingle. Consider the activities you want to be doing in your new space, and build around them.

Avoid “Architectural Clash”

Your mind might already be ablaze with ideas for furniture, colors, and styles for your outdoor living space. However, it’s important aesthetically and for your home’s value to consider the architectural style of your home and how it will harmonize with your new outdoor space. Make sure to select patterns and colors that reflect the design of the rest of your home.

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Obey Regulations

Check with your HOA or even the city to be aware of any regulations they may have before you begin uprooting and installing things. There may be permits you don’t know about, maximum heights for structures, and goodness knows what else. This is very important to do before taking any first steps because you could get fined on top of having to start over.

Consider it All!

With any home additions come many challenges and considerations. For instance, are you dreaming of a sunflower garden? If so, you’ll need to consider fencing—otherwise, rabbits will eat them. Is there a lot of overpowering sunlight in your yard that you’ll need to provide shade for? Will you be needing ground covers (such as pavers or artificial grass) for drainage? And will you have privacy from your neighbors? These are all very important factors to consider in order to get the comfort and enjoyment you’re after with an outdoor living space.

As you can see, there’s a reason landscaping is considered an art. It takes a lot of consideration, creativity, and detailed planning.

When it comes to landscaping in Ohio, the opportunities are endless! If you need help creating your ideal outdoor living space, contact our team of professionals at Precision Landscaping Corporation by clicking here or calling us at (440) 843-9500 for a free estimate. With satisfied customers throughout Cleveland, North Royalton, Parma, Strongsville, Broadview Heights, Brecksville, and the surrounding areas, Precision Landscaping Corporation can help you design and create the perfect landscape in your backyard.