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Tips and Inspiration for Designing Your Dream Backyard


Man hosing newly completed landscaped backyard.

Here are some tips and inspiration for designing your dream backyard:


Define Your Space

  1. Before you start designing your backyard, it’s important to think about how you want to use the space. Do you want to create a relaxing retreat, a place for entertaining, or an outdoor kitchen and dining area? Knowing how you plan to use the space will help you to determine the best design options. If you feel overwhelmed by the decisions and don’t know where to start, or design isn’t your forte, bringing in a landscape designer into the equation will ease all of the decisions ensuring your vision comes to life while you can forget about the logistics.

Choose a Focal Point

  1. Every backyard should have a focal point, something that immediately draws the eye and creates a sense of interest. This could be a water feature, outdoor fireplace, or unique piece of furniture. When choosing a focal point, consider what you want to highlight and what would function well for the practical use of the space. While you might like the idea of an outdoor living space, if you don’t entertain, it might not make sense for you to pick even if it’s aesthetically pleasing, opting for a feature you would use daily may be a better use of your dollars. Select a focal point that will add the most visual interest to your space.

Create Multiple Areas

  1. A backyard with multiple areas creates a sense of privacy and allows you to use the space in different ways. For example, you could create a cozy seating area with a fire pit, a separate dining area, and a peaceful reading nook. By dividing the space into different areas, you can create a more functional and visually appealing backyard.

Add Some Greenery

  1. Plants and trees add beauty to your backyard and provide privacy, shade, and a natural habitat for wildlife. Choose plants and trees that will thrive in your climate. Mix in different textures, colors, and heights to create interest. Be sure to match the greenery you choose to the amount of time and effort you’re willing to put into them. You might love roses but if you will never tend to them or any plant, fake greenery like astroturf may be more your speed! Spending a ton on plants just to let them all die will only lead to incredible disappointment for the wallet and the look of your backyard so be realistic when you make the call on greenery.


Small cedar trees creating a privacy wall

Invest in Durable Materials

  1. When designing your backyard, it’s important to choose materials that are durable and long-lasting. This includes the materials you choose for your patio, walkways, and other outdoor surfaces. Natural stone and concrete are popular options that are durable and easy to maintain.

You might also consider adding in durable furniture. Stone or concrete benches or tables are certainly low maintenance and will likely last you much longer than traditional outdoor furniture.

Incorporate Lighting

  1. Lighting is an essential element in backyard design. It not only creates ambience but also allows you to use the space well into the evening. To create a warm and inviting atmosphere choose from a variety of lighting options, including sconces, string lights, lanterns, and LED lighting.

Add a heating feature

  1. While this may be a biased opinion we recommend adding a heating element to your outdoor oasis. Enjoyable outdoor seasons are short in Ottawa. If you’re investing in your backyard it’s worth adding a fire pit or heating fixtures to comfortably enjoy your new space for as long as possible.


New outdoor kitchen and fireplace


With these tips and inspiration, you can design your dream backyard and create the perfect outdoor space for your lifestyle. Perhaps design isn’t your forte, that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t value an incredible outdoor space to enjoy. If you’re looking for a complete outdoor oasis but don’t know where to start, reach out to our team. From planning to execution we can deliver on the perfect outdoor space.

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