Create Your Own Backyard Oasis

Who doesn’t love backyard oasis inspiration? We all want a beautiful, welcoming backyard that is a simple extension of the house. Today, we want to give you some tips and tricks for creating your own backyard oasis by considering these 5 things when when you’re designing your retreat.

1. Know your yard.
This is especially important for planning where landscaping will go and if you need to build structures for shade in certain areas. Usually it’s broken into one of four categories: full sun, partial shade, shade, or deep shade. Knowing what areas get what will help you plan where things will go so that you’re plants stay healthy and you can have warm and cool areas.

2. Who will be using it?
Who and what will also affect the pool’s size and shape. If it’s mainly for kids, adults only, or both. What activities will be done are important as well. If the pool is used lounging and hanging out it can be more shallow and have a more organic shape. If it’s used more for exercise, therapeutics, casual diving and lap swimming the pool should be deeper and longer and have a more structured form.

3. How often will your space be used?
How often you use the space is important to when planning your backyard retreat. If it’s summer only, it will be geared more towards summer activities. If it’s year round then your backyard will need to be more versatile.

4. What other backyard amenities do I want?
Think about what you might want to add in the future. If you’d like to have a firepit or outdoor kitchen at a later date, it’s best to run the gas lines to those areas of the poolscape in the beginning in order to eliminate the need to tear up the deck and surrounding landscape at a later date.

5. Think about the future
More specifically, take into account how the passage of time will affect your yard and lifestyle. Don’t create a backyard that will only work for only one season of your life. Your kids will not always be little or your might have as much time to maintain a plant heavy landscape. Make it easy to change your backyard as your needs change.

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