Designing an Outdoor Living Space That Fits Your Needs – and Your Budget  

The saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side” takes on a whole new meaning when you’re looking over at your neighbor’s lush lawn, bursting with color, as ready for a photoshoot as it is for a party – then back at your own yard, strangled with crabgrass, flowers wilting in the heat, and deck chairs haphazardly placed to capture a bit of shade…. 

Designing an outdoor living space isn’t about keeping up with the Joneses; it’s about creating a beautiful, relaxing oasis right in your own back (or front, or side!) yard. And, of course, having the time to stop and smell the roses. 

How to Design an Outdoor Living Space That Wows 

The outdoor living space of your dreams can be a reality. 

1. Imagine 

This is the fun part. What would you like to see when you look out onto your property? Take the opportunity to envision your ideal space. Why not visit Pinterest, Instagram, HGTV, GreenImage’s gallery – or even your neighbors’ yards! Find inspiration, gather ideas, and let your imagination run wild. You don’t have to have a “plan” yet, but start by identifying features that are important to you, the aesthetic you want to achieve, and the functionality that will enhance your lifestyle. 

2. Consider Your Options 

 As you are doing your creative work – which can include making a vision board (digital or good old poster board) or sketches, jotting notes, etc. – think about the options available to you as you imagine your outdoor space.  

Outdoor kitchens blur the line between indoor and out, turning entertaining (and eating!) into an experience. Fire pits help you stay cozy on chilly nights while pergolas and covered structures provide wonderful shade on the hottest days. Pavers make beautiful hardscaped paths and good lighting ensures they’re safe and accessible. Integrated native plants benefit your budget just as much as they do the local flora and fauna. 

Which options will help you create the space you want for the life you live? 

3. Schedule a Professional Consultation  

How do you put your ideas into action? Schedule a free consultation. An experienced GreenImage designer will look at your space and grasp the lay of the land, so to speak, while listening to your ideas. Using this insight, they develop a plan that meets your needs and your budget. This can include detailed 3D modeling so you can see your vision come to life. 

Love the design? (We think you will!) Then we get to work. 

4. Let the Pros Do the Heavy Lifting 

Our team is there with you from design to drainage, seeding to sodding, and plant installation to irrigation. Your plan can encompass as much, or as little, help as you want and always considers the unique features and challenges of your property (e.g. you have poor soil? We remediate it, select the right native plants, and turn your thumb green). 

5. Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy 

The grass is greener – in your outdoor living space. When you entrust the work (which can include maintenance, if you wish) to the experts, you have more time and energy to devote to…doing absolutely nothing but soaking in the sun, feeling the breeze, smelling the fresh air, and listening to your neighbors’ oohh’s and aahh’s.   

To make your dream outdoor living space a reality, contact GreenImage