Do you have a small backyard? It is pretty common to have limited outdoor space, especially when you live in crowded areas, like here in West Los Angeles. When you have limited space, designing your backyard takes careful consideration and creativity. To make your space fun and functional, we recommend these small backyard design ideas.
What to Consider When Designing a Small Backyard
1. What are the limitations of your space?
The best first action you can take is measuring your outdoor space and eliminating impossibilities. For example, if you have a 10 x 10 space, it is unlikely that you can fit in a pool. So, you can scratch that right off the list.
2. What is your vertical space?
One thing we want to note with small spaces is to think vertical. You can use the total square footage of your backyard, which includes the height in addition to length and width, so take a moment to ponder what you could put in your space that could hang or is tall.
3. What is your natural environment?
As with any backyard, you want to consider your natural environment. Your natural environment includes your weather conditions, average rainfall, and local flora. For example, those located in West Los Angeles likely want to focus on hot weather plants that thrive in drought conditions.
4. What is your budget?
As with any remodel, even outdoor ones, budget is critical. Before redoing your space, consider how much it will cost and how much you can afford.
Small Backyard Design Ideas
1. Tiny Gardens
If you have a small backyard space, we highly suggest container gardens to keep your plants and flowers growing and protected. If you have very limited space, you may just get in a few potted plants. However, if you have a bit more space, you can build wooden boxes.
Again, remember to think vertical when it comes to gardens. There are plenty of tools available that assist with vertical garden creation.
2. Outdoor Kitchen
If you love to cook, it is easy to expand your kitchen space outside with a BBQ, mini outdoor kitchen, bar with stools, or even a picnic table. Plus, this is a fantastic entertaining space for friends and family that often results in low-maintenance landscaping.
3. Outdoor Shower
Outdoor showers can increase the value of your home, according to a 2018 report from Realtor.com. If you are located near the beach or another location where outdoor showers would come in handy, this would be an excellent addition to a landscape design.
4. Mini Jungle
Reconnecting with nature is vital for the mind, body, and soul. By creating an outdoor space with lots of local plants, ornamental grasses, and cozy outdoor furniture, you can have your own little oasis.
5. Water Elements
Water is beloved in West Los Angeles, with many homeowners wanting to include it in their outdoor living space. If they can’t fit in a swimming pool, they can still design their small backyard around a hot tub, fountain, pond, or built-in mini-waterfall.
6. Play Zone
If you have children, sending them outside to play is essential. However, small backyards can get boring. You can transform your small backyard into a kiddo wonderland with just a bit of planning. You can build a fort, sports space, or even a mini garden to cultivate those young green thumbs.
Design Scapes Landscape Company – Serving LA
Do you want ideas on how to convert your outdoor space into something amazing? Give us a call at Design Scapes for a consultation.