Hardscaping features can help you make your outdoor space an extension of your home, and a place where you can enjoy hosting and relaxing with friends and family. Of course, if you have a small yard that you’re working with, it can be a bit difficult to know how to make the most out of the space.
The good news is that there are ways you can make small spaces feel a little larger by incorporating some smart hardscaping and decorating strategies. Here are just a few ideas from a hardscape designer in Kansas City.
Implement multi-use features
You can save space in a cramped backyard by choosing items that are versatile in their use. You should consider, for example, using seating like benches that also double as storage units, either with hinge-top openings or with doors that open on their face. This allows you to get the functionality you need out of your outdoor spaces while still offering you styling opportunities.
Use fences and walls to your advantage
If you have fences or walls around your yard, you can come up with some creative ways to use them. Consider adding container gardens for herbs or flowers, or putting up hanging plants or other decorative items. This allows you to make greater use of some of the vertical spaces you have in place already.
Get creative with your planters
It can be difficult to create a garden when you don’t have a whole lot of garden space to work with. Therefore, you might consider some creative planter options. Tiered planters, for example, can help you maximize the ground space you do have available for flowers and herbs. You could take an old pallet and turn it into a small flower garden. Consider purchasing hanging flower baskets to liven up your outdoor spaces as well, without taking up any more space on the ground. If you have any old tree stumps in your yard, those can make great natural planters. Finally, you can use wood trellises as vertical planters along walls and fences to give you some more options. Again, a lack of space does not have to be something that totally prevents you from growing a garden!
Mix and match
Even if you don’t have a very large yard to work with, you can still be smart with the way you design your landscaped and hardscaped areas. Try to mix and match your materials to give yourself a great balance of natural materials with woods and concrete.
Take your architecture into account
Consider the architectural style of your home, and make sure you select hardscape designs that blend well with that style. Otherwise you run the risk of having an outdoor space that looks extremely hodgepodge and unintentional next to your home.
For more tips about how to enhance even the smallest outdoor space with some attractive and functional hardscape features, reach out to MSE Hardscape Design and Installation today to speak with an experienced hardscape designer in Kansas City.