When you think about how the different areas of your garden and seating can be used, and how they can be furnished, you will be able to create a living space that works wonders for you. Whether you’re planning to re-do the outdoor seating area or starting from scratch, the end result will be a new space – useful and inviting – that will function as an outdoor extension of the house.
Define the seating area by setting boundaries
The extent of privacy available in an outdoor seating area signals how a space can be used ultimately: keep it intimate and small for a quiet retreat, or go open and make it large for social affairs. The boundaries you set establish the framework for the seating area.
One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways of setting the boundaries of the seating area is by taking advantage of existing structures, like your garage or home. You can also form boundaries by using the elements and plants, such as arbors, fences, screens or trellises, already present in your garden.
Especially for small seating, make use of trellises or freestanding screens that need little room. Boundaries are important not only for defining the purpose and size of the space but also for covering unwanted views, and adding a bit of character to a space.
Choose the right flooring to suit budget and space
Once you’ve decided on the boundaries and the size of the seating area, it’s time to plan landscaping including, flooring.
When choosing materials for flooring, you find there are several options such as brick, stone, pavers, gravel and concrete. Let your budget and intended use guide you to make the right choice among the many options.
Stone is one of the best choices because it looks and feels natural and, if installed in a proper way, offers a surface that is wobble proof. However, it is often a little expensive. If you have a tight budget, concrete makes a great alternative. It adapts to irregular shapes easily, and can be used creatively.
Gravel makes the cheapest flooring option. It might not look very appealing, but if used with crisp edges and plants, it can easily appear dressed up and classy. However, you must avoid the use of gravel right outside the entry points.
Soften the hard edges
Once you have set the boundaries and laid the flooring, you may feel the need to soften the built elements and lessen the contrast between garden surroundings and hardscaping. It’s extremely important, however, for you to just soften and not completely eliminate the boundary lines and flooring; their presence makes the seating area more organized.
Use the right plants
Finally, no seating arrangement is complete without the right flora. Make sure you use the right plants to enhance the look of the garden. Fragrant plants such as magnolla, paper bush and silk-road lily can be combined with eatable plants such as basil, aloe, strawberry, and the like.
Muse over these four ideas when planning the outdoor seating of your house; following them will ensure that the entire outdoor seating process is not only easy but also fun. It would be even better to consult an experienced landscaping professional for an excellent use of an outdoor seating area.