What are the right outdoor focal features for you? It’s time to find out!
Your outdoor living space is a reflection of your home and yourself. It can become a sacred space for peace, tranquility, and serenity. Others may prefer it to be a place to create family memories filled with listening to your favorite music or watching the big game together and the kids splashing in the custom swimming pool you designed.
Whatever the overall vibe or feel of your outdoor living space, you will have a focal point somewhere. It is preferred to plan out the outdoor focal features for you and your outdoor living space ahead of time versus it happening by accident (and possibly wishing you did something else). These few tips can help you choose the right outdoor focal features for you that best suit your needs and desires for your space.
The overall layout in design of your outdoor living space is a critical point to discover what outdoor focal features for you may work best. Depending on the size of your space, it may be an easy decision on where your focal feature will land. It can either be in the center of your yard, close to your entrance, or take up the most space on your property in order to become a focal point. When you consult with a professional contractor, they will be able to help you discover the best placement for your primary landscape feature that you want to show off.
If you have hired an Unilock certified contractor, their experience in design and landscaping will typically be shown to you in their portfolios of past projects. It is also typical for contractors to have 3D landscaping design software to help clients visualize all the possibilities on their own property before purchasing anything. Thinking about your layout is a great place to start when choosing outdoor focal features for you.
Functionality VS. Aesthetic (Or Both)
One popular tactic in finding what will be the right outdoor focal features for you and your family is thinking through the functionality or aesthetics of your space (or both). It truly depends on what makes most sense to you as well as what you prioritize in creating your outdoor living space. If functionality is high on the priority list, then you’ll want to consider what you want to use the space for throughout the year. This will allow you to choose between certain hardscape features easier.
For example, when you are considering the colder months out of the year, you will want to have a heating solution available to you. This may be the focal feature for you and your family if you particularly love spending time outdoors in the fall or winter. You will be able to choose between a fireplace, fire pit or go a completely different direction. That direction could include a complete 3-seasons room, 4 seasons room, or any roof structure that can include heating solutions.
When thinking of aesthetics, you may want your focal feature in your outdoor living space to be something that you don’t necessarily utilize. For example, if you prefer spending more time outdoors during the warmer months but do not want a custom swimming pool; you may consider a water feature to complete your overall aesthetic.
You could choose between a waterfall, bird bath, fountain, pond less waterfall, pond, etc. It may be a little easier for you to find the perfect focal features for you when you combine the functionality with aesthetics. For example, you may want a custom swimming pool, but adding a rocklike waterfall feature to grab the attention of any guest the moment they see your yard. You would have the functionality of a swimming pool with the addition of a specific focal point that can boost your overall desired aesthetic.
It can happen by accident, but it is typically preferred to have intentional and purposeful outdoor focal features for you and your family. You will want to enjoy your outdoor living space for years to come, which gives you all the more reason to make it beautiful and eye-catching rather than an eye sore. At Seasonal Landscape, we provide high quality services, materials, and final products as Unilock certified contractors. It is our priority to transform your outdoor living space into a gorgeous oasis that you’ve always dreamed of having. Find out more about what we offer by calling us today!