Remodeling your backyard can increase the value of your home, make it safer, and make it more enjoyable for your friends and family. However, there are some common mistakes to avoid when doing any landscape remodeling in your backyard.

Continue reading to learn about five of the most common backyard remodeling blunders and how to avoid them with your landscaping features.

Forgetting About the Front Yard

The landscaping in your front yard has a significant impact on the curb appeal of your home. It is the first thing your neighbors, guests, or potential buyers see, so it influences their first impression of your home and hints at what they may find inside. You can start by replacing the old fencing with a new fence design. 

You can also consider planting trees or adding garden beds in your outdoor space, especially around a nearby retaining wall, to make your exterior more visually appealing. Speaking of visual appeal, you can also consider a fresh coat of paint on the front yard walls. This accompanied by the landscape changes can make a huge difference in the beauty of the front yard.

Failure to Plan Ahead of Time

Landscape design is an investment, and many people are unaware of how much it costs to create a backyard oasis for their family to enjoy. Even poor landscaping can cost tens of thousands of dollars and result in an unsatisfactory outcome. Therefore, you might need to plan how to utilize your backyard in line with your requirements and the sustainability of the house. You could, for example, dedicate a separate area to gardening for curb appeal and another to installing solar panels, which could be extremely useful for your home energy needs. An arrangement like this in the garden would likely increase the property’s resale value. Additionally, you can also find inspiration for designing your backyard on the internet, where you will find plenty of outdoor space plans.

Determine how much money you have for the overall project before you start working with a landscape designer or swimming pool contractor, as this will influence all of your decisions, so it is critical to know your budget from the start. You will also have to start thinking about rearranging the patio furniture and other items before remodeling work starts. 

Failure to Take Maintenance into Account

Landscaping your yard does not end when you place the final plant or finish wiring your outdoor lighting. It will be time to start maintaining your stylish outdoor spaces as soon as you finish installing them. The decisions you make will have a significant impact on how much time and money you will spend later on maintaining your lawn with a new lawnmower.

For example, choosing native plants means less water to irrigate them and spending less time maintaining them, whereas choosing exotic plants means spending more time caring for them and assisting them to thrive.

Failure to Make the Design Usable

The appearance of your yard is important, but it is not as important as how it functions. A nice-looking yard is nice, but failing to consider how your family, guests, pets, and potential buyers will use it is a huge mistake.

If you skip this step, you might end up with a flower bed in your kids’ favorite play area, or a fire pit and shrubs right on the path your dog always goes.

Poor Irrigation

Irrigation is an important part of caring for your investment. You must install an irrigation system if you are installing landscaping and include this in your design plan from the start, as adding it later will be at best a headache and will cost you extra money-making it more difficult to conceal a cracked concrete path without destroying the landscaping.

Let Us Help with Your Remodeling and Design Process

We’ve worked hard at West Hills Masonry to earn a reputation for providing high-quality landscaping services as well as precise and well-crafted home organization solutions. For over 15 years, we’ve been able to provide beautiful landscapes and exceptional landscaping services to our customers.

If you are ready to begin planning your new landscaping, we will put you in touch with a landscape design consultant who can assist you in bringing your ideas to life.

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