Backyard Design Ideas

These backyard design ideas were specifically selected based on popularity.

There has been a growing trend towards home improvement in recent years. Many home owners armed with the internet are beginning to educate themselves on how to do a lot of the home renovation work that was formerly carried out by a contractor. The following photos will give you popular backyard design ideas for pools, retaining walls, and patios.

One of the first things that comes to mind for a lot of ‘luxury homes’ is the question of whether or not to add a pool.

This should be done early on rather than after a few years as it will generally take up a large amount of real estate. If it is something that you can maintain and will have enough occasions for its use then go for it.  One recommendation for modern homes is the addition of geometric pool designs. Pools are not only perfect for entertaining guests but can also transform the ambiance altogether. You can’t help but smile when swimming in a private luxury resort-like setting.

Infinity pools are appealing in many ways. When facing the ocean, they can sometimes make you feel like the pool is somehow connected and you are swimming in the ocean.

There are many different pool design ideas

There are an unlimited number of possible ideas which is the hardest part of any project. One potential idea shown in the photo below is to have water cascading down a natural slope into the pool. If you live in an area where this can be pulled off, it can look pretty amazing.

Waterfall spillways (also called sheer, weird, or descent) are a popular pick for many pools. The beauty of this product is its simplistic design. It can become the focal point of the pool especially at night with build-in LED lighting to make the water appear as if it is glowing as it drops.
Water jets (laminar design) with LED lighting are gaining popularity with many pool owners all around the world. They are another simple yet impressive design that looks great in the day and really shines at night.

Is your backyard naturally sloped? Consider looking at different retaining wall design ideas.

One common solution to maximizing the space of small and sloped yards is found by adding retaining walls.

Here are some of the benefits of adding retaining walls to your backyard.

1. Retaining walls can help to prevent flooding during heavy downpours.

2. Maintenance requirements on level surfaces are reduced and less difficult.

3. Helps to prevent property damage by keeping soil in place.

4. Will help to reduce or prevent flooding with the water less likely to funnel down the hill.

5. Makes the yard look bigger.

Of course there are more benefits than listed and many home owners opt for retaining walls on flat surfaces for different design ideas.
The alternative to this would have been just a regular lawn. This is a fine example of what you can achieve with a well-built retaining wall.
Modern style concrete retaining walls look great when mixed in with some plants.
There is always the false rock look. This one in particular was created with rebar and carved out shotcrete. Concrete has its own unique look but is better suited for less harsh weather conditions. (Freeze-thaw and heavy rain can quickly damage the rock.)

Backyard Patio Design Ideas

This is one of the most important aspects and probably should have been mentioned first. There is no reason to go through all the hassle of designing a backyard in the first place if you don’t intend to spend time in it is there?

Flagstone patios look great. They aren’t well suited to cold climates but as long as proper mortar is used, won’t be as prone to cracking.
Choosing the right patio building materials to suit your home and garden can be a daunting task.
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Patio With Fireplace by Hillside Developments, West Vancouver

Continuing on the previous thought, it is recommended to choose a product that matches the home, plants, and retaining walls.

Well, we hope these backyard renovation design ideas have helped you. Let us know about your own design ideas in the comments section below and feel free to share this article if you found it helpful.

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Waterfall Landscaping For Gardens

Are you looking to add a waterfall for your garden? Here are some tips and helpful words of advice.

Adding even a small waterfall can change the ambiance of not only your yard but of your neighbors. The sounds of trickling water are very enjoyable when sitting outside in your garden. Whether you like to host parties, relax by the patio, or spend time with the kids or dogs a water feature is a great addition to the yard. If you like to host parties then the addition of a pool may be something of interest to you.

Where to Start?

First things first. You will need to make a list of the things that you need ON PAPER. Don’t make the mistake of doing it in your head and make a habit of getting things down in writing. Not only is writing things down a good habit in general but a good principle for organizing tasks for landscaping projects.

You can think of your next landscaping project almost as a simplified version of a business plan. You want want such and such to get done and will need such and such resources. Many people underestimate the amount of money they will need to change their garden. It can help to look at photos of completed jobs along with the budget spent and reverse engineer the process from there. It can help to do some of the work yourself but it will also be beneficial to hire a professional do the work.

For those not limited by a budget and who want the absolute best the biggest challenge is simply in finding the right contractor for the job. Waterfall landscaping contractors are plentiful yet only a few have the ability to give clients what they really want. Having several decades of landscaping experience in both residential and commercial landscaping, WaterfallNow’s crew is well aware of all waterfall and water feature designs. The crew has created multiple designs using natural stone as well as concrete, styrofoam, bricks, mortar, and other materials. The biggest issue with the natural stone cascading rocks was the huge amount of maintenance required.

Many water feature landscaping contractors don’t mention the amount of maintenance that these can require. While they look great for the first few weeks just a few days of heavy rain or a few weeks without care can turn it into a swamp. It is advised that you check with your contractor on their maintenance rates and make sure that you can afford them long-term.

The moss and algae that grows within the cracks and within the water stream quickly becomes dirty and requires the rocks to be pulled out, thoroughly rinsed, and laid back into place. It requires almost as much work to thoroughly clean one than it does to have one installed in the first place. This isn’t to say that they aren’t a viable option but just a word of caution to the less informed.

Do you have a small yard? Many garden landscaping projects are aimed at maximizing smaller spaces. If for example your yard is on a slope you may want to consider adding a deck. Alternatives to a deck would be to install a retaining wall (usually from concrete, wood, or bricks).

Do you like to cook outdoors? If so, it would naturally follow that the addition of an outdoor kitchen would be a great move to further enhance your outdoor living design – if you can afford it.

While WaterfallNow encourages even a dinky water feature over nothing, it is also important to consider the types of flowers you plan to use. Colour schemes from certain flower arrangements can affect different moods.

Remember that it is your garden and you can do what you like with it. Some people find that it helps to give their garden a name or a theme. Do you like birds? WaterfallNow has created some fountains in the past that became a regular visiting area for birds in one of our clients yards. That is an additional benefit that our client continues to enjoy.

Pergola’s are a nice addition to backyard landscaping projects that can offer shade to sit and relax by the waterfall. Don’t forget to plant some vines.

Want a private resort in your own backyard? WaterfallNow’s rocks are lightweight enough to create any size rock. We also have experience in concrete forming and concrete rock waterfalls. The weight becomes an issue for larger projects but if that is your preferences then let us know. It costs 40-50% more than our popular lightweight version but if you request it then WaterfallNow will handle it. Call the Vancouver number for details on that.

Here is a great looking waterfall. Virtually anything is possible with artificial rock waterfalls. The only real limit is ones budget and how much they are willing to spend.

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