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If you’ve decided to transform your outdoor space, into a backyard vacation, you definitely need to incorporate , popular features, and most importantly, the essential landscaping elements, with a defined function, that all our Waterstone Designers incorporate into our drawings. All that paired with your personal artistic touch, turns your unique space into a Home Holiday.
Colour arguably plays the most important role in your backyard aesthetic. It can add dimension to your backyard, create optical illusions with the space, and even affect your mood.
You wouldn’t think lines matter in a landscape, but in fact they can really influence how you experience your backyard. Lines, such as those used for garden beds and paths, help draw attention to focal points and contribute to the continuity of your pool and landscape.
Form refers to the shapes of things in your garden, from the tall trees and pergola to the widespread ground cover. A careful selection of different forms in your landscape will create natural patterns that will in turn contribute to the overall look and feel of your outdoor space.
Texture is about the look and feel of your plants and décor surfaces. It applies not just to flowers and leaves but to bricks, stones ,bark & water. Different textures create harmony in your landscape. A balance of coarse & smooth textured plants or mix of plants with larger and small leaves. This breaks up your landscape, adding interest and mood to your backyard.
The previous elements have an impact on scale – or how your garden plants and décor relate to one another according to size. We always consider the length, breadth and depth or your space & keeping proportions in mind, in for example, you don’t want a towering statue in a small garden. Nor would you like a tiny water feature beside a huge pergola.
OUTDOOR DESIGN FEATURES AND ELEMENTS LIKE FIRE PITS AND FIREPLACES, FUNCTIONAL AND DECORATIVE LIGHTING, AND WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY TOP THE LIST OF THE MOST REQUESTED AMENITIES BY OUR PAST CLIENTS, RECEIVED BY OUR IN-HOUSE LANDSCAPE DESIGNERS
Patio Furniture is a smart idea for an overall cohesive design. They can help determine placement, size and scale, materials, color, style, and help you choose actual pieces. If you are seeking an eclectic look, a designer can pull it together effectively.
A Fire Feature, provides warmth on cool summer evenings, and gives you a reason to go outside and stay there during the colder months. Waterstone can design pits that blend with existing or new hardscaping.Fireplaces are larger and more permanent sources of fire in an outdoor space. A fireplace's purpose is multifunctional, including:
Our perfect landscape lighting designs, brings your home, and outdoor spaces, to life. . Waterstone properly designs lighting systems that create, the right amount of light, in the right place, and for the right amount of time. Waterstone designers try use low-voltage systems, to save energy and reduce costs. We design in layers, starting with the perimeter to call attention to the property's boundaries, followed by paths, stairs and accent lighting, with an emphasis on safety and highlighting all landscape and swimming pool features.
A landscape architect or designer can help define each area of a yard, creating spaces for certain activities in subtle ways that tie together everything and facilitates foot traffic. Most often this is achieved by using hardscaping features, like setting a dining area apart with low stone walls, yet allowing quick access to a grill or outdoor kitchen area.
Even with small spaces, designers know all kinds of tricks to make areas appear larger, utilize every square foot of a tiny plot, and establish seating areas, rooms, and boundaries. Unless you have a flair for design and planning, consult a professional to help you get the most out of your outdoor space.
When designing an outdoor kitchen, our landscape designers will help assess available space, accessibility to the outdoor dining area and indoor kitchen, and size of your yard. Other important considerations are factored into the designs, that are unique to every individual needs, like:
Wood or composite decking adds warmth and a natural beauty to outdoor flooring that concrete does not. It goes with most architectural styles and blends with the environment. Our landscape designers can render drawings, with a deck that is the ideal size, shape, and location for your piece of paradise.
A gas grill or charcoal barbecue is one of the most popular amenities of a yard. It may not be higher up on this list because many already own one. If you cook outside just a few times a month or less, a smaller stand-alone model should suffice. If you are more serious about grilling, choose a model that has built-in cabinets and extensions for extra cooking and prep space.
If the grill will be part of an outdoor kitchen with counters , design a built-in grill that can be set on a custom-built substructure or counter. Many prefer the convenience of gas or propane, while some can't do without that smoky flavor of a charcoal barbecue.
If you dine outside, it's not always practical or effective to use a fire pit or fireplace as your heat source. This is where outdoor heaters come in handy, and are essential if you often dine outside and have several tables set up. It can mean the difference between a pleasurable experience and one that is shortened by a drop in temperatures.
Tall, portable heaters are a space-saving option that can be safer than a fire pit for homes with young children.
Living outdoors with all the comforts of indoors extends to working on your laptop, streaming a hit Netflix series while lounging on the deck, or relaxing to your favorite tunes.
View the yard as rooms or zones, with adding audio in these areas. Possibilities include pool areas, kitchen and dining areas, and outdoor living rooms.
Bulky equipment of the past has been replaced by smaller, portable, inexpensive Bluetooth systems. For great sounds, invest in high-quality speakers, from ceiling models that are good for pergolas and covered patios to in-ground and rock-shaped speakers.
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