One of the most effective ways to improve your backyard is by repurposing the space into functional zones. Zoning the backyard can create areas for playing, eating, cooking and relaxing. Defining these zones using fencing, plants or other materials such as pavers and stepping stones, provides autonomy for each space to shine individually while allowing the whole backyard to operate functionally.
A zoned garden works well for backyards of all sizes. For smaller areas, get creative and have fun with it. Built-in seating is a great way to make the most of limited space and a vertical garden on unused walls will add visual interest and character. If entertaining family and friends is your thing, look at adding a built-in barbecue area. It’s all about making the most of the space you have and making the space work for you.
Landscape expert and Adbri Masonry brand ambassador Jason Hodges provides some design hints on how to create zoned gardens:
- Children’s retreat. Section off a corner of the yard and make it child-friendly. If the yardis not big enough to accommodate a play house, small tepees are a great alternative. Another fun idea for kids is building your own hopscotch area with large format pavers. Paint them in bright colours and allow grass to grow between them. It creates a fun activity for kids while doubling as a step stone path to connect your spaces.
- Entertaining Area. Before designing your entertaining area, give some thought as to how you will use it. Will you need a large dining table for entertaining family and friends or would a lounging area be more suitable? An entertainment zone will become the perfect space for bringing family and friends together with the comforts of the indoors transplanted to the outdoors. If you are going to be entertaining regularly, choose a quality paver to set the scene for your space as it will be on display every time you have friends over. Euro Stoneis highly durable and ideal for high-traffic areas.
- Relax and Unwind. More and more people are building their own relaxation retreats particularly in large gardens where space is not an issue. By creating a relaxation area you have a place to read a book; or just unwind whilst still being able to monitor your children’s whereabouts. It’s a holiday at home as you can theme the space to suit your style. Add outdoor lounge seating or a day bed;decorate the space using planter boxes; and finish-off with lantern lights.
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