A concept design will set the tone of your project because it’s the first phase of working on your landscape design. You’ll meet and work with a landscape designer, someone who is knowledgeable about the practices of landscape design, such as site analysis and inventory, planting design, land planning, etc.. He/she will show you a couple of ideas for how your landscape might look like after the project. There are many components that are a part of a landscape design and we’ve narrowed down what you need to know about concept design in order for you to get the landscape you want.
You need to make a thorough analysis and inventory of your site in order to determine its condition. You need to evaluate the type and status of your site’s soil, so you can choose what kind of plants would thrive in it. You also need to check the drainage and topography of your site to correct any existing problems. Lastly, you need to consider the climate in order to check what kind of plants and activities are appropriate for your yard.
The needs and wants of the people using or who will use the site are essential factors in determining your next steps.
You need to consider:
- What is/are the current use(s) of the site?
Determines what things should be kept to preserve the current usage.
- What will be the future use(s) of the site?
Determines what things will need to be added for future usage.
- How do you want the finished site to look?
Determines what kind of theme or style you’d use.
- What kind of maintenance would the site need?
Determines what you will need to do for maintenance.
- What is the budget?
Determines the amount of time and money you’re able to spend.
It’s helpful to choose which style to use as a guide for your site; this would help you focus on which plants and materials to utilize. If you’re having difficulties, you can do some research by browsing gardening magazines and books.
Choose what style is appropriate for your site:
- What kind of yard?
Decide whether it’s an enclosed space, outside view, or a mixture of both.
- What kind of neighborhood?
Decide whether the style would be appropriate for your neighborhood.
- What kind of topography?
Decide if the style is appropriate on a slanting, rocky, or flat surface.
Allocating the correct amount of space(s) and choosing the appropriate location for those area(s) is essential. You need to ensure that the space(s) should be ample enough for your activities, but enclosed sufficiently to give a feeling of protection and shelter. Plus, if you have different spaces for different activities, they need to be separated from each other to ensure they don’t overlap. Lastly, you should use the same materials used in your home to create a feeling of continuity in your space(s).
If you look through the eyes of the designer, you’ll able to see that plants have significant functions. Choosing the right plants to put in your yard brings a lot of benefits.
Functions of plants:
Creates an environment that’s pleasing to the senses.
Creates a space that’s structurally organized and well-defined.
Creates a place that brings comfort by modifying the temperature, humidity, and light.
Details big or small can significantly affect how your landscape will end up looking. Qualities like scent, touch, and sound can affect your senses and would bring more beauty to your landscape. Combining colors, textures, sizes, and forms would create qualities that are aesthetically pleasing. Lastly, choosing the right plants in different colors, shapes, and sizes to compliment each other is also important, just make sure they’re different just enough that would not be contrasting.
For these reasons, you should select your plants at the early stages of planning. You should choose them based on functionalities, their future purpose, and needed space to grow them.
Your yard is an extension of your home; it’s a valuable resource that provides enjoyment for you and your family. It also adds value to your home, making it more desirable and healthier. Choosing a concept for your home can make or break it. Making appropriate decisions will create an environment that’s functional, sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing. Seek the help of a landscape expert, gather as much information as you need, know the wants and needs of users, pick the appropriate style, allocate the correct amount of space, pick plants wisely, and pay attention to details. You just need to remember that significant ideas begin with a meaningful concept.
Bill Johnson – Bill is a home grown handy man who enjoys writing about his experiences. He has written for places like Mitchell Wall in the past, and has enjoyed sharing his knowledge on DIY for everyone to read. He has a wife and young son.