6 Tips for Designing Small Spaces

Whether you have a small backyard, apartment terrace or side yard, no space is too small for a landscape or hardscape transformation.

Do you want to upgrade your small outdoor space but don’t know where to start?

Check out these tips before you get started:

Figure out What Is Most Important to You.

When working with a small space, every square inch counts. Make a list of the things you’d like to use the space for before getting started. If you subscribe to the well-known saying in architecture, “Form Follows Function,” you would design with the function of the space at the forefront. This ensures that not only is your space beautiful, but it also completes the task it was designed to carry out. Prioritize what’s most important to you and plan from there. Just because you are working with limited space, does NOT mean you have to sacrifice your dream for your space.

Here are a few design elements that can upgrade your small space.

1. Outdoor Kitchen and Furniture – Comfort and Entertainment

If comfort & usability is your goal, consider adding outdoor furniture and a barbecue.

If you’re looking to create a space that extends your hosting capabilities with additional seating, keeping that as your main objective will help you maximize your space. By adding a small table, sectional or outdoor kitchen to your space, you can create an entirely new space for entertaining. Consider adding a gas line for a custom-built outdoor kitchen or fire feature, as well as bistro lights (also known as string lights) to give your space a leg up.

2. Water Features

Adding a water feature will not only add a touch of serenity to your space, it will also make it appear larger and fuller. A cascading wall fountain, for example, takes up a minimal amount of space but adds depth and a relaxing soundscape to your home.

From a traditional fountain to a bird bath, water features add life and vibrancy to an outdoor space and can lend themselves to any design type.

3. Artificial Turf – A Play Place for Children

Do you have small children or pets and are looking to create a place for them to play? Adding artificial turf may be the answer. Artificial Turf has minimal upkeep and can provide a comfortable place for a child or pet to relax outdoors. Artificial Turf can come in a variety of specifications and can be created firm enough to put furniture on with enough bounce for children to play on.

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Keeping your area shaded is also an important factor if you’re looking to maximize the time you can spend outdoors in the daytime. Consider adding a retractable awning or pergola to keep your loved ones cool midday.

4. Vegetable Gardens

If you have a green thumb or are inspired to grow your own produce, a vegetable garden can bring some life to your space. Adding planter boxes with a variety of vegetables will spruce up your yard and add a pop of color. Be sure to do your research on the care requirements of the plants to make sure that your yard is suited for the specific plant species you want.

Most vegetable plants require sun for at least five hours out of the day, so if your space is primarily shaded, decorative planter boxes with shade-loving plants may be a better option.

Another tip for small spaces is to add diagonal lines. Adding diagonal lines to your design tricks your eye into making the space appear larger. This optical illusion will add the look of spaciousness to your yard.

If you need more inspiration for designing your small space, contact one of our award-winning designers for a free estimate. We have designed thousands of outdoor spaces and provide unique solutions to complicated projects.