Your backyard doesn’t have to be a boring green rectangle devoid of charm. Your outdoor space should be an inviting place where you can lounge in the sunshine, watching the birds and butterflies go by, or host an evening cookout for friends.

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If you’re planning to revamp your yard, here a few things to consider before you get to work.

Lighting

Your yard needs two types of lighting: utility lighting for pathways and seating areas, and decorative lighting to highlight plants, trees, and water features.

Go for an understated look with tiny white lights twinkling in trees, or make a dramatic statement and light up statues and plants with swathes of color.

Solar powered lights remove the need to lay expensive armored cable and make it easy to move lighting around if you want to make changes later.

Decks and Patios

When you’re planning your outdoor space, don’t skimp on the size of your deck or patio. To make the best use of your space, you’ll want room for a dining set and a lounge seating area. And don’t forget a spot for your grill, fire pit, or hot tub!

A roof or awning over your outdoor living area allows you to enjoy the space rain or shine, and it shields you from the prying eyes of your neighbors.

Because decks and patios can be complicated construction projects, you should use a design professional to make sure your structure meets all relevant building codes.

Check out this advice for more benefits of and tips for using a landscape design and build professional.

Outdoor Furniture

Choose the best quality outdoor furniture you can afford. Teak, Cedar, and Acacia are all good choices for beautiful and durable wooden furniture. When you’re shopping for products, look for benches and tables made from the inner heartwood, which is more rot resistant than the more common sapwood.

Natural wicker is an attractive choice for lounge seating, while synthetic wicker products offer the good looks of wicker with added durability.

Water Features

The sound of running water adds a magical quality to an outdoor space. Think ponds with fountains or cascades if you have the room, or opt for more compact water features like stacked pots and urns, or water walls if you don’t have much room to play with.

Fruit Trees

There’s no question that ornamental trees and flowers are beautiful, but have you thought about making some space in your yard redesign for some productive fruit trees and berry bushes?

Imagine wandering out into your yard on a warm summer afternoon and sinking your teeth into a juicy peach plucked right off the tree, or gathering a bowl full of succulent raspberries for dessert.

By incorporating a range of fruit trees and bushes into your landscape design, you’ll be able to enjoy mouth-watering fruit all summer long.

A well-designed backyard expands your living space, lifts your spirits, and adds value to your home. As long as you take the time to plan your project carefully, you’ll have a backyard you can enjoy for many years to come.