25 Jul 2018

Warmer Weather Means Patio Living

Warmer weather means more time on the patio with friends and family. Is your patio ready for entertaining? Check out these tips below to get your patio summer ready!

  • An attractive patio complements the house and landscape, as well as provides a comfortable living space.
  • Make sure the grade is level and stable enough to support tables, chairs, and foot traffic. Ensure smooth, safe transition areas, especially along edges and in corners. Significant changes in grade call for terracing or steps.
  • Use trees and shrubs to create the illusion of an enclosed patio away from the house. It is one of the simplest outdoor rooms you can make. All you need is level ground, comfortable seating, and the shelter of trees and shrubs.
  • Extend a patio’s usefulness with a roof or partial cover. Position the patio to be warmed by the sun; a southeast or southwest location is ideal.
  • Small yard? No problem! Good patio design works with the space you have.

Want help designing the patio of your dreams? Contact one of our landscape designers today!

21 Aug 2017

Landscape Lighting Ideas

How your property looks at night is just as important as how it looks during the day. Landscaping your property is a big investment, which is why landscape lighting is so important. Your property was meant to dazzle during the day and night. Have you considered your landscape lighting recently? We have ideas and tips to get you started.

If you are interested in improving your landscape lighting design, send us a message today to get started.

Lighting Types
There are many options available for installing outdoor lighting, including low-voltage lights, high-voltage lights, and even solar-powered lights. Consider the purpose for your lights as well. Are you interested in creating a more secure property? Or maybe you want to add a subtle glow that illuminates your flower beds and walkways. Whatever you are looking to enhance with outdoor lighting, make sure the type of lighting you select is included in the process.

Lighting Ideas
Pathways
Lighting the pathways around your property is essential to maintaining the safety of the area. If you ever plan on entertaining in the evening, pathway lights are a must so that you and your guests can safely navigate your property. The great thing about pathway lighting is that it simultaneously enhances the overall appearance of a yard while offering important safety measures.

Patios
Patios are meant to be enjoyed throughout the day and night! If you enjoy spending time on your patio during evening hours, adding downlights can create some ambiance and a more relaxing environment. It also makes your patio easier to navigate when entering and exiting the area.

Trees, shrubs, and flowers
If softscape is the focal point of your property in daylight areas, keep the ball moving with lighting that highlights it at night. Installing uplights for various trees and shrubs will create a clean, elegant, and modern curb appeal.

Entryways
Make your front door a focal point by installing hanging lamps that reflect your style and taste. Entryway lighting is also beneficial when you light up your address numbers so that guests can easily find your property when it gets dark out.

Swimming pools and water features
If you have a pool, pond, lake, or water fountain, outdoor lighting will really make it stand out. Lights installed behind waterfalls or underneath the water elevate the design and bring on a new level of sophistication.

For more inspiration, check out some examples below. Our designers at Serene Landscape Group specialize in creating custom outdoor lighting plans for homeowners. Contact us today to get yours started.

Vista Pro Fixtures Landscape Lighting

 

28 Apr 2017

How to Widen a Yard with Landscaping

Urban living often times leaves homeowners with the same problem – How to make the best use of limited yard space?

Living in a residential neighborhood does not mean a homeowner must settle with the narrow front lawn of mostly grass and the standard barrier fence around the backyard. The right designer can make even the smallest space look spacious. Here are ten design tips for those looking to widen and extend their outdoor living space.

COLOR

Place warm colors such as red, orange, yellow, and pink near the entryway and place cool colors such as blue, green, and purple away from the entryway. Warm color attracts the eye’s attention, so it should be incorporated through flower beds and planters near the front entry. Additional color can be added by painting the front door a warm color or installing a color paver brick on the entry or around the facade. The cooler colors blend with the surroundings such as the sky and grass, so they should be positioned secondary from the entry. Cool colors are best by property fences and outer areas of the landscape. Evergreen bushes, perennials such as blue hydrangea, and green ground cover are examples of these cool colors.

TREES

In a smaller yard consider planting taller, slimmer trees and dwarf tree varieties instead of larger, rounder canopies.

LEVELS

For a small space, consider adding levels. This works great for confined spaces. The levels can be as simple as a raised patio and tiered planting beds with seat walls. Another leveling idea is to elevate the living area while creating steps down to an additional living area such as a sunk in paver fire pit.

DIVIDE

Divide the space to create more areas.  For example, create an inviting sitting area with a couple of lounges or a swing and draw the eye across the landscape by adding a winding path. Further divide the landscape by adding additional beds and garden areas around trees. This can transform a plain, small front or backyard. If the space is small and all grass, it tends to close-in even more.

FLIP-FLOP

Try to do a flip-flop. If the space is all grass then add pavers, and if it is all pavers then add grass. This concept works together with dividing the space.

DIAGONALS

When designing for a smaller space, lay pavers diagonally. A diagonal path tricks the eye and creates the illusion of an expanded space. This can be true for paver walks and paver patios. Diagonal pavers on a patio open up the space.

LINEAR LINES

Use linear perspective when adding pavers that must run vertical or horizontal from the house without a curve. It is the same as the very popular subway tile concept except with pavers. Long, vertical pavers running the direction of the path make the space appear to continue further than in reality.

FOCAL POINT

Use a dramatic focal point to draw attention away from the sides of a narrower space. A focal point can be a water feature, garden trellis, pergola, custom screen, or even a birdbath, mural, or sculpture.

FENCES

If possible, avoid installing a fence around a smaller yard. Not having a fence will make the space appear much larger. If there is a chain link fence, try masking it with climbing plants and/or planting green in front. The green screen will pull the eye from the grass and create an illusion. If the fence can be painted, consider a darker color such as gray or even black. This detracts attention from the border of the property whereas the white fences tend to draw attention to the edge of the yard and enclose the space even more.

PATHS

Use a winding path through a garden walk area or as an approach to an entry. This can be done with flagstone or cut pavers. Avoid straight paths in small spaces. Elongate the line by curving it and creating a longer path for the eye to follow.

If you would like us to widen your narrow yard, call (734) 416-9062 to speak with an Account Manager. We can help you to plan your next project! Our professional designers and expert team will transform your landscape into something to be admired.