With Arizona’s great outdoor living opportunities, updating for outdoor entertaining is always a good idea. Family fun, personal enjoyment and increasing your home’s value are all benefits of an Arizona landscape design remodel. Updating your outdoor living space can be a simple facelift by adding planter boxes, colorful plants or a water feature to creating a new outdoor room or kitchen.
We recently completed a Phoenix landscape design which transformed our clients backyard into a spectacular place to spend time with family and friends. The design created an outdoor space which our clients can enjoy day & night. Our clients can truly skip the resort and enjoy their own beautiful Arizona backyard design! They now can have a “Staycation” in their own backyard!!
Good landscape design will enhance your home, reduce your work, and provide what you need and want in your outdoor living spaces. Good designs should look good all year. A well-designed landscape should provide a retreat where homeowners can rest, relax, entertain and enjoy the outdoors! Whether you need a new landscape or it’s time for a redo, starting with a good landscape design will reduce frustration and increase your satisfaction with the end results.
Here are just a few helpful landscape tips:
- Hardscaping — walkways, patios and pool decks – should be roughly a third of the overall space. Hardscaping can be attractive, servicable and it doesn’t require water or mowing.
-Turf — natural turf or artificial turf – also can be about a third of the landscape space. Natural turf is the most water, labor and pesticide consuming plant in the landscape, so keep just enough for visual balance and play area. Artificial turf or putting greens are becoming more popular in Arizona landscape designs because gives the look of natural grass without the maintenance and cost of water & pesticides.
- Maintenance — Reduce maintenance on turf areas — Don’t plant shrubs, perennials and other lone plants in the turf and avoid turf on extreme slopes, narrow or awkward areas where the mower won’t fit or that will require a lot of edging.
- Edging — Good edging will reinforce your design line and help keep grass in the lawn and out of other areas. Pavers, brick and concrete are some of the more common materials used as a border. If planting beds contain creeping ground cover and shrubs, it’s a good idea to separate the two with edging.
- Plant Selection — Select plants that won’t take over beds. Everybody know to choose plants that are native or adapted, but are you aware that some well-adapted plants may be spreaders?
- Irrigation — A well planned and designed irrigation system is vital in your Arizona landscape design! In Arizona we can’t depend on the rain to keep our plants alive. It’s important to audit your existing system regularly along with changing your watering cycles with each season. Often once an irrigation problem is identifed they are usually easy to fix.
If your thinking about starting your new landscape or wanting to renovate your older landscape, calling a reputable landscape designer and contractor could save you time, money and a lot of frustration in the long run. At Dream Retreats we’ve been designing and installing residential landscapes in the Phoenix and surrounding areas for over 20 years. We offer FREE in-home consulations. Give us a call or contact us through our website!
Landscape design is an important part in creating a yard with good flow and functionality. Planting random plants and trees around your yard is a good way to cause a landscape mess. Different plants have different water and sunlight requirements and they grow to different sizes. If you plant several plants close together without any idea they each get very big in size, you’re going to have some issues.
A yard becomes more valuable if it’s not only beautiful, but functional as well. Whether you incorporate a patio seating area with a fire or water feature, a recreational area or an outdoor kitchen, a functioning yard allows you to enjoy it more often. Figure out what you would like to do in your yard in order to create the perfect dream retreat!
A larger yard can be easier to deal with then you break it up into sections. Create a dining space, lounging area, outdoor BBQ, garden and lawn by adding borders or even a patio. Another idea is adding flower pots around a designated area to give a sense of being in a different “room.” You could even place different sized pots throughout your landscape. The different heights of pots and flower colors will liven up the space. Keep like colors together for great visual flow but get creative with patterns.
The perfect landscape starts with research and ideas. Landscape design is more than buying what you like, it is about incorporating what you like into a cohesive and functional space. A good landscape designer or architect can assist you in creating a beautiful yet functional landscape design that will do well in the hot Arizona climate. They will understand the growing conditions and select plants which thrive in the Arizona weather.
Arizona residents are lucky to be able to enjoy year-round weather! We have the ability to not only entertain in our homes but also have the option to entertain outdoors. Sports entertainment is growing in popularity in backyard landscape designs.
Sport courts are a popular option in landscape designs. If you have the room in your backyard a basketball or volleyball court make for fun entertainment. You can be as fancy as having a professional court installed to being as functional as pouring concrete then having basketball and/or volleyball court lines painted. Often clients request a half court or just a basketball key installed when their backyard space is limited.
Horseshoes & bocce ball are growing in popularity in Arizona outdoor living. Since side yards are often wasted space in many Arizona backyards, it’s an optimal place to build a horseshoe pit or bocce ball court. Both options are relatively inexpensive to install.
It might be a great time to consider transforming all or a part of your backyard into a functional outdoor living space that offers sports entertaining! Contact us for a FREE design consultation!
Dream Retreats Landscape & Design will be at the January 2013 Maricopa County Home & Garden Show! Beginning January 11 – 13, 2013 the Arizona State Fairgrounds will be transformed into the largest Maricopa County Home, Garden & Landscape show of the year! Keep your New Year’s Resolutions to complete or update your outdoor living spaces and landscape. It’s a perfect opportunity to get ideas, helpful tips and advice for all of your landscape needs.
Come visit us at Booth #464 in the Wesley Bolin Bldg where you will have an opportunity to get ideas and talk with our certified landscape architect about your specific needs. We’ll have our portfolio of project pictures available for viewing. We have been designing and installing landscape projects in the valley for over 20 years. We offer FREE on-site consultations. Hope to see you at the show!
Being a homeowner is a dream come true for most people. We not only want our house to look good but also want it to feel homey. First impressions go a long way! Therefore we should focus not only on the inside of the house but also the outside since this will be the first thing that people see. Many people assume that what they see outside of the home is a reflection of what they will see inside. If your backyard is not kept, then chances are, people will think that the inside of the house will look the same way too.
Although some homeowners like the idea of doing their Chandler landscape design themselves, with their limited knowledge on the subject, they often finds themselves frustrated when they don’t get the results they envisioned. Homeowners can benefit greatly from the professional expertise of an Arizona landscape architect.
One benefit for hiring a professional to do your design and landscape is it will be a one-stop shop for all services relating to landscaping and design. Plus with their professional knowledge and expert advice they can work around your budget and offer the best design and construction outcome for your dollar! Professional landscape design and contractors will warranty their work so you can be assured they will complete a professional job with materials and workmanship that will withstand the Arizona climate!
Whether your looking to design a new or update your existing Chandler landscape, Scottsdale landscape or your Gilbert landscaping. Dream Retreats Landscape & Design offers free landscape design consultations. All of our personalized landscape designs are free of charge and included with each job construction contract.
We’ve transformed another Arizona backyard landscape! Our recent project created a useful and appealling Gilbert Landscape Design. The client’s backyard began as a blank canvas, all dirt along with a satillo tile patio which the client wanted to keep! After an initial design consultation we were able to suggest many Arizona backyard ideas that would work with what our client was hoping to achieve along with being harmonious in our Arizona climate.
Fire, hardscape, recreation and relaxation are all elements incorporated in this Gilbert backyard remodel job. Landscape pavers created eye-catching patios, walkings and seating areas. We were able to tie together the original satillo tile patio with all the new paver hardscapes.
Golf is a popular hobby for many Arizonians. So an artificial turf backyard putting green was the perfect choice for these homeowners! Not only will it provide endless hours of recreation but it’s also eco-friendly requiring virtually no maintenance!
After practicing on their golf game they can entertain friends around their stunning patio firepit! The firepit was incorporated with the new landscape pavers which created a beautiful seating area to relax and unwind with family and friends.
With our creative designs and customized construction, taking a vacation in your own backyard becomes a reality! Call or email Dream Retreats for a FREE consultation.