Tips For Renovating a Small Yard

A smaller backyard can in some ways be just as nice as a larger one when it is done right. With creative design and some clever outfitting you can add more to it than you may imagine. In some ways the process of renovating a smaller yard is not unlike a larger one, you just have to prioritize what you want given less space. Here are some helpful tips if you are ready to renovate your outdoor space.

Assess the space
Take a walk around your yard and start sketching your space. Be sure to include your existing features like a patio and such. Then consider what works well and what you wish to keep. Then see if you have any trouble areas. Perhaps you have an AC compressor that you want to camouflage? Or maybe you want to add some privacy from a neighbor? Finally, how does your yard fare with weather? Do you need to add shading elements or trim foliage for more sun.

Decide what you want in it

Make a list of the things you ideally want in your space. Ask yourself some questions like who will use it regularly? Do you want zones for dining and lounging? Do you want a water feature like a fountain or hot tub? Once you have created the list of everything you want, now it is time to prioritize. You may not have room for all so rank things in order of preference. 

Collect design ideas

Here comes the fun part where you start to collect photos and inspiration of what you like and want. Start searching for design ideas online or in magazines and collect some images of landscapes that you are drawn to. Once you have a good assortment of images then you will be ready to provide a designer with some clearer direction of what to execute. 

Hire a professional

Now that you have your design inspiration and an idea of a budget, now is the time to hire a professional designer to assist you. You have a couple of options when working with a designer. You can either hire them to assist you in a more consultation way, or you can hire them to do a complete design with overseeing the installation.