With the winter season quickly approaching, you might not be ready to spend a few months cooped up in your Granville County and Vance County, NC, home. With a few creative landscape design ideas, you can extend your time outdoors and realize the full potential of your property. In this post, we will explore some of the best landscape design ideas that will make being out in the fresh air more enjoyable any time of the year.
Adding a Fire Pit or Outdoor Fireplace
We all know those clear, blue sky winter days that seem so inviting, but then when you try to go outside they are just too cold. Adding a fire pit to your backyard can make getting outside on those sunny, cold days actually possible.
A fire feature also creates a natural gathering space for friends or family. There are so many great holidays and events that happen during cold months that can be really enhanced by adding a fire pit or outdoor fireplace when your guests want to take a break from the indoor festivities. Imagine being able to get outside with your friends and family on a cold day, watch the flames, feel the warmth, and have some great conversations.
Revisiting Your Outdoor Lighting
If the shorter days are what’s pushing you inside, some better light for your outdoor spaces may be what you need. With professionally installed outdoor lighting you can stay outside and enjoy some night air, even when sunset is at 5 p.m.
Fixing Drainage Problems
If the rainy season kept you away from the landscape longer than it should have because of drainage issues, it may be time to address them. A landscape that isn’t draining properly can be especially problematic when the first frost comes around and then your yard becomes a slipping hazard.
This is not an issue that will go away on its own, and if you want to get the full use out of your property you need to call in professionals to get the drainage problems fixed as soon as possible. With proper drainage, your landscape will be much healthier and you will be able to enjoy it for a lot more of the year.
It may turn out that what you need, as you consider your many landscape design options, is a paver made of permeable pavers rather than a poured concrete patio that is in place now. The water will drain through the larger joint spaces, and keep pools of water—and ice—at bay. You’ll be able to spend more quality time outside, enjoying your paver patio by, perhaps, a fire pit.
Creating a Wind Block
Sometimes a driving wind can prevent you from getting outside. Building a retaining wall with the prevalent wind in mind can potentially protect your patio and create an area where you won’t have to worry about holding onto your hat.
You can also have your landscape team incorporate wind-blocking trees and shrubs that will create a beautiful atmosphere to enjoy some windy days outside. If wind is something that bothers you on your property, that problem can be solved with some creative landscape design ideas.