Design the backyard retreat of your dreams with some landscaping tips to help you get started.
Your Style:
Don’t let your outdoor room become cookie cutter. Invest in something that taps into your personal style, architectural tastes or otherwise reflects what’s inside your home. This grand pavilion captures the drama of its backdrop and packs more of a style punch than a traditional gazebo.
Staying at Home:
With gas prices and travel expenses rising, the backyard is becoming vital when it comes to leisure. Taking vacations at home means designing your backyard like a resort with all the amenities. Plasma flat-screen TVs, swimming pools with waterfalls or complete outdoor kitchens are all fair game.
Divide and Define:
Quite Simply, one of the biggest mistake in backyard design, is that one over-sized patio with plants around the borders. When you’re designing your outdoor space you have to take into consideration how people will socialize. As soon as you have more than a couple of people over they soon tend to break into different groups, and that’s how your yard should be divided.  So divide your outdoor space to accommodate groups of people.
Outdoor Cooking:
Preparing food outside is a lot of the fun of having a yard. When you’re designing your backyard kitchen, don’t think small: Everything in the outdoor kitchen is big, from rock fireplaces and beverage centers to warming doors, griddles for pancakes, wine coolers, smokers or rotisseries, also make sure that the you don’t have your back to the guests when your cooking.
Add Color and Texture:
Fill your backyard space with an assortment of colorful plants, shrubs and materials. Don’t be afraid to spend more for quality,  patio furniture so you can enjoy your backyard.
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