When you make more out of your backyard, you can actually create a sanctuary for yourself and your family. A sanctuary can be anything you want it to be. It can be your place to relax and rewind. It can be a place to exercise, or it could be a place where you get together to eat as a family. When you have a sanctuary at home, you have a place where everyone can come together and share memories and build memories too – and this is super important in family life. So, to get your backyard looking better, what should you be tackling first?
Planning What You Want
Getting your ideas written down and possibly even sketched out is the first thing that you should do. If you do not plan what you want, you run the risk of tackling too many projects. You also run the risk of not having enough money to complete everything that you want to, and this, of course, will leave you feeling frustrated. When you are planning what you want, it can help to start sketching out what you envisage within the space. When you sketch your ideas, you begin to get a feel and look for them in the space and you see if they work or not.
Having a Central Feature
When you have a feature or central focal point in your backyard, your eye gets drawn in. A feature or focal point could be something like an all-natural swimming pool that has a bespoke glass pool fence around it, or it could be a fountain that feeds a small fish pond. Creating features that use water will help your backyard and space to feel very relaxed and calm. When you are looking at a central feature, think about how big a space you want to dedicate. If you do not give enough space, you may end up with a feature that is not eye-catching in the slightest.
Adding New Plants, Trees and Shrubs to Break up Spaces
Adding shapes and variations into your backyard is important, especially if you are working in a smaller space. To give your backyard a sanctuary feel, you will want to focus on layering plants and on giving your outdoor space more privacy. When you are adding plants, trees, and shrubs, think about native species over non-native species because these will fit in a lot easier within your garden and they will require less maintenance.
Setting a Budget and Timescale for Each Project
Makeovers of any size and style will cost money, and it is important that you set a budget for your project to ensure you get true value for money. When you set out a budget (alongside a timescale), you can be sure that you can complete your garden makeover as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Doing the Work Yourself
How much work do you want to do within your backyard yourself? How much time do you have to commit to a project or makeover? Gardening can be laborious and tiring, especially if you are going to do everything yourself. So, think about what you want to do and also what you are capable of doing.