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Outdoor Living Spaces in your Garden

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By designing a sequence of spaces that people can move from one area to another creates an interesting series of outdoor rooms. Placement of some outdoor living areas is easy and self evident, such as placing a patio area directly adjacent to the back door entrance to your home or office. Others may take more planning and design considerations to layout the spaces in a logical sequence, but taking this time to consider what and where the areas should be located on the property, will produce a pleasing functional garden landscape. Also, having a balance between small closed-in spaces and the larger open spaces is one of the secrets to great landscape garden design. You should try to accommodate all of the activities you will be using the areas for which may include outdoor sports areas, barbeque areas, sitting areas, garage and storage areas, pools and spa areas, etc. If your outdoor living areas are elaborate or if you want to make to most of a budget, you should consider using a professional designer or landscape architect who will walk you through the design process and can produce designs that are well thought out and work within your budget.

Flooring for your outdoor living space can be as accomplished with the use of something as simple as grass or as elaborate as a natural stone finish to a patio or walk. It can be any material you choose and can take on the size and shape you would like or what your property can accommodate. Outdoor living area walls can be incorporated into the spaces with the use of plant materials planted in close rows or patterns to produce a hedge effect or an outdoor wall can be achieved by installing fencing or masonry walls to add an enclosure to your outdoor living space.

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