Spring looks like it is finally here to stay in Texas! With spring comes the desire to buy pretty flowers and plants for your patio and yard. You’ve pored over design plans, chosen the perfect fixtures and furniture, and spent hours cultivating the interior space of your dreams. Now it’s time to give the same attention to the outside. Your landscaping is one of the most important aspects of your home build. While it might seem like a finishing touch, it determines your curb appeal and ultimately drives the functionality of your yard and outdoor spaces. Follow some simple suggestions and make your landscaping shine in your new custom home:
Consider Your Pets
Landscape experts are seeing an increase in a pet-friendly landscaping plan, so much so that the movement has a name: “dogscaping.” Once reserved for the most eccentric of homeowners, today’s home spaces have your pet in mind. Whether it’s a dedicated space for playing or choosing non-toxic plants, your landscaping should have functionality in mind as well as aesthetic.
If you love spending a lot of time outdoors, wrap-around porches are becoming an increasingly popular option for custom home builds. This classic look has a cozy, “come on over” feel, and is great for entertaining guests. Fill your porch with comfortable, soft chairs and inviting tables, and you have an instant party space.
Create an Outdoor Cooking Space
If you’re in the middle of a custom home, think beyond the classic gas grill on wheels. Built-in kitchen and prep spaces improve your outdoor get-togethers by allowing you to be a part of the action, not just a fixture in your indoor kitchen. Today’s models feature built-in gas and charcoal grills, brick ovens, wet bar setups, and more.
Try a Pond
If you don’t want a swimming pool, but still enjoy the peaceful atmosphere that water can bring, consider a small pond. Today’s technology allows these ponds to be sustainable, so you don’t have to worry about maintaining or cleaning. Add a couple of fish, and enjoy tranquil mornings in your outdoor space with a cup of coffee.
Your outdoor spaces can be as simple or as intricate as your heart desires. If you want a place for your children and animals to play, plant species of hearty grass and plants. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a space where you can entertain, create a porch feature and an outdoor cooking space. Tony McClung can help you design an outdoor space that fits your needs and budget - take a look at some of his gorgeous outdoor spaces! And be sure to contact us to learn more.