There’s no better way to shake that Maine winter chill than to imagine yourself cozied up next to your fire pit on a beautiful summer’s night. If you’ve been dreaming of an outdoor living space but don’t know where to begin, don’t fret! Here is our simple guide to help you start planning the outdoor space of your dreams.
Begin Your Planning Early
Depending on how complex and labor-intensive your outdoor patio project will be, it may take several weeks, a month, or longer to complete. This means that your yard could be under construction during peak summer months if you only start planning in the spring.
If you want to get the most out of your new outdoor living space during Maine’s beautiful summer months, we recommend that you begin the planning stages up to 2 seasons in advance, allowing ample time for planning, 3D landscape design, ordering materials, and construction.
Consider the Size of Your Yard
Before beginning the design process of your outdoor living space, you’ll first need to determine the yard space you have available.
You may be tempted to fit in as many features and lounge areas as possible into your space. However, this can lead to an overcrowded and uncomfortable outdoor living environment that doesn’t allow anyone to move around freely during parties or other gatherings.
Determine the Purpose of Your Outdoor Space
Once the size of your outdoor living space is decided, you should start thinking about what purpose it will serve. Consider the following questions:
Do you like to entertain and host large groups, or are you looking to create your own personal backyard oasis?
Does the area need to be kid or pet-friendly? Do you want to create any unique spaces just for them?
Create Your Outdoor Living Space Wishlist
After you’ve mapped out your yard and allotted space for various outdoor living elements, it’s time to put together a wishlist of everything that you’d like to include.
You can pull some inspiration from these beautiful outdoor kitchens and spaces while considering the following elements for your project:
- Gazebos, arbors, pergolas, or covered outdoor porches with comfortable seating
- Planters to grow flowers, herbs, or other edible plants
- Fire pits or fire features like grills or wood stoves
- Outdoor kitchen spaces
- Pools and water features
Bring Your Dream to Life With a Maine Landscaping Company
Once you’ve considered all of the elements you’d like to include in your outdoor living space, it’s time to design the ideal outdoor area for you and your family.
Maine’s own Davis Landscape Company offers a variety of landscaping and outdoor living design services to help bring your vision to life. With our professional designers, you’ll receive expert advice and a digital rendering of your outdoor living space so you can fine-tune the details to your satisfaction.
When it comes time for installation, know that you’re in good hands with our family-owned business. With over 45 years of transforming the outdoor spaces of our fellow Mainers, we look forward to creating the backyard of your dreams.