Landscaping the outdoor living spaces of your residential property is undoubtedly a win-win situation. You and your family get to enjoy the space for years to come, and when you eventually decide to sell, the property value on your home will have risen considerably. In fact, Money Magazine reports that landscaping can bring a recovery value of between 100 and 200% at selling time.
There are other benefits, too. A well-maintained lawn is known to reduce allergens such as ragweed, and properly placed shade plants and trees can lower your utility bills by 20%.
And one of the best parts about landscaping your property? Getting creative and having fun with it, of course! There are endless possibilities for what you can do with an empty outdoors space, from outdoor kitchens, outdoor living spaces, and unique hardscaping.
What is hardscaping, you ask?
It includes everything in a landscape design that is “hard,” including walkways, patios, and other surfaces. This is where you can get especially creative, with the help of LED lighting, skilled carpenters, and concrete layers. Check out some of these ideas for designing your new landscape walkways:
Lay down a walkway in a spiral, and have a small area in the middle where you can put benches and small tables. By planting hydrangea bushes, sunflowers, irises, poppies, daffodils, tiger lilies, and countless wildflowers, you will have a beautiful secret garden in which to hide with a book wherever you want.
Your walkway doesn’t have to lead to anyway in particular, so why not play around with materials? You could lay colored rocks and glass to make a mosaic, or you could use river rocks to create a specific vibe in your yard. Don’t be afraid to get creative.
No one ever said your yard couldn’t have layers, so why not create some raised walkways or bridges in yours? If you really want your outdoor spaces to stand out, a terrace might be the perfect solution. This would work especially well with yards that have water elements in them.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with unique hardscapes in your yard. It is, after all, a blank canvas upon which you can do whatever you want. Happy landscaping!