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How To Turn Your Backyard Into Additional Living Space

Adding a deck, patio or just a simple awning is a great way to add function to yard, but with some extra work and imagination, you can truly expand your living space into the outdoors. A well thought out design can allow you to take entertaining, dining and even cooking out into your yard, without having to worry about guests or family being uncomfortable. To get started, all you need is a solid idea, a willing contractor, and a clear understanding of a few basic concepts.

Designing Around Your Current Landscape

Depending on the contour of your property, you may find some of your options limited by topography. For example, if your home sits on a sloping hill, a patio addition may not be a good use of your yard. Meanwhile, without an upraised main floor, an attached porch can be challenging.

Make sure that any landscape changes you make also incorporate the natural curve of the land around your home. Major alterations to natural rises can be costly, and also make your final design appear forced and out of place among the surrounding scenery. Use natural low-lying parts of your yard as potential locations for water features or flower beds.

Design with a Final Purpose in Mind

While the size of your property will play a major role in how much you can accomplish, it's important to start your project with the area's final use as your focus. This will ensure that your finished project has space for the specific activities you've intended it for. A backyard filled by a concrete patio isn't much use for backyard football, after all.

Designate parts of your yard for their final purpose as well, such as conversation areas, dining space, or garden space. This will ensure that you can use different parts of your outdoor living space without having to make concessions or eliminate ideas due to overcrowding later on. If you enjoy grilling, make sure you leave space for gas lines and fixed structures, and also think about adding an awning to your cooking area to ensure you're protected from the rain.

If you own your home, there's no reason not to make the most out of the entire property. Fire pits, outdoor kitchen additions, or even the addition of decorative flowerbeds can really enhance the appearance and function of your property. Make sure you're working with a professional landscaping contractor, and you're sure to be happy with the results. If you need more help, try contacting a company like MVP Contracting with your questions.


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