It’s late summer, when we want to extend the season just a little longer. In Naperville and surrounding areas, we make the most of our summers by spending as much time as possible in our backyards and gardens. Our outdoor rooms provide extended living, relaxation and play areas for friends and family. Cooking is easier and the days extend into the evenings with little effort.
This is the best time to get serious about planning and installing major elements into your outdoor living space. It’s easy to list the top activities you and your family and friends enjoy outdoors, and to envision your space optimized for those moments.
Planning your design can be intimidating, too. Homeowners can get overwhelmed at the idea of designing outdoor spaces. It’s a big investment that has to last a long time. Too often, we start with small projects. And when they don’t work out, we have to start over, which means more investment and more time. That can be frustrating.
A Better Approach – Start With the Basics
Experts agree that the key to a successful outdoor design is to begin with one or two big projects and then add to them as times goes on. For example, start with planning a stone patio with room for seating and cooking. Walkways providing light and safety are necessary to assure enjoyment for years to come. At the same time, planting a few trees that will grow and mature, sheltering your home and patio, will be the foundation plantings for your home. Once they are in place, it will be easier to choose and plant smaller shrubs and perennials with the color and texture that fit your space.
Longer Term – Plan To Add The Finishes
Now that the basics are there, add elements that will allow you to better use and enjoy your outdoor space. Grilling options are varied, from simple grills to pizza ovens, smokers and rotisseries. Lighting will make your space safe while adding atmosphere. How about trying some new ideas, such as adding a raised, stone planting bed for herbs, tomatoes and other vegetables? Easily accessible to the outdoor chef, these are attractive, colorful and useful. Outdoor speakers and a TV provide the right setting for guests to enjoy sports events and music.
Early fall is a great time to install the foundation pieces of your outdoor space. Cooler temperatures make it easier for trees and shrubs to acclimate, and you’ll have plenty of time to get great results before winter settles in.
O’Donovan and Son Landscaping has 45 years of experience in the Naperville area, designing and installing beautiful hardscapes and landscapes for residential and commercial customers. Call us at 630-355-3370 to work with our designers. We will listen to your needs and create a custom outdoor living space you will enjoy for years to come!