Designing harmonious outdoor spaces allows natural surroundings to become an extension of interior living spaces. Ideally, each stage of your outdoor design will transition to the next, so a dining or living area will open to a patio or transitional space, which will lead to a lawn or garden space, which leads to a pool or gazebo, and so on.
Keeping an eye on aesthetics will ensure these transitions and the holistic design flows both physically and visually.
Tips For Creating a Harmonious Outdoor Design
The following tips will help you to achieve an outdoor design that is harmonious in its execution, from architecture to color schemes and landscaping choices.
It doesn’t have to match. You know the places, where the main house, the guest house, the pool house and the dog house all look like replicas of one another? This isn’t a necessity at all. Let the buildings’ proximity to one another determine how much design continuity exists between them. For example, the Sudbury house’s guest barn aligns with the design of the main house. However, across the pool – and closer to the natural perimeters of the landscape, outbuildings have a more rustic and woodsy aesthetic. The further away you move from the main house, the more diverse you can get with architectural styles and color schemes. On the other hand, though, if your outbuilding is close to your main home, you can mirror all of the design styles found in the original design in the outbuilding, like Meyer and Meyer did in this adorable “Warming Hut” in Boston.
Consider your lifestyle. If harmony is defined by multiple components creating a consistent whole, your lifestyle is an important consideration. There is no need for a large pool if you really only get in a few times a year. Your landscape will be more consistently enjoyed if you keep the amenities in line with your lifestyle. If you aren’t much of a swimmer, add a smaller lap pool for the kids and those moments when you want to swim a bit, and consider other hardscape installations that are more suited to your tastes, like a fire pit in an area best suited for star gazing or a gazebo with comfortable seating for reading, meditating or conversation.
Landscape appropriately. Using the Sudbury house again, notice that the landscaping around the immediate perimeter of the home – which has a formal architectural design – is more formal and manicured as well. However, closely-cropped lawns and groomed shrubbery makes way for larger-leafed greenery and a more wild landscaping plan the further away from the home – and the closer to the woods – one gets.
Would you like to create a more harmonious outdoor design for your house or vacation home? Contact the design team at Leslie Saul & Associates Architecture and Interiors.