When you are designing a yard, you have to ask yourself what you are designing for. As designers of experience, we approach outdoor spaces based on their use as well as their aesthetic qualities. Designing livable space isn’t about filling it with objects, but creating areas for human interaction to take place. This leads in to a design concept many Landscape Architects live by, the visualization of areas of a landscape as ‘Garden Rooms.’
If your landscape is an extension of your home, it only makes sense that it have ‘Rooms’ designed for different experiences – for activities, dining, gatherings and quiet contemplation. In recent years, we have begun to embrace the many ways our outdoor spaces can enhance our quality of life. When designing your yard, think about what it is that you enjoy or would enjoy doing outside. It could be morning coffee outdoors, having friends over in the evening for dinner under the stars. Maybe you’ve always wanted to grow vegetables, or sit in a garden corner with a book. Think outside the box- if you work from home, what better way to make a conference call than from your outdoor desk?