1. Think about who will use the space.
Designing a backyard living area for hosting happy hours with friends will have different priorities than an area filled with young children for play dates. While you can absolutely create a space that’s versatile, it’s important to consider who will spend the most time there, as that may dictate components in the design, materials, and general layout.
2. Understand your plants.
It’s essential for us to understand which plants will best thrive in the different areas of a yard, as well as how the colors will change throughout the year (especially in Minnesota’s climate). These colors should also complement the other elements in your yard, including stone and paver choices, furniture selections, and the like.
3. Uncover your style.
While there are countless resources at your fingertips with inspiration of the latest trends, take time to think about your unique style. Feel confident about choosing selections that fit within that, even if it isn’t the current trend.
If, as you begin thinking through your outdoor project, you experience roadblocks in determining your true style, reach out to professionals that can help. From stone suppliers to greenhouses, there are so many individuals who have unique expertise and can help you truly refine your style and project goals.