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Feb122008

Designing Your Jacksonville Backyard

With a little thought and creativity, a patio can be an outdoor room that is as inviting as any interior room of your home.

Jacksonville Landscaping Ideas Bubble PlanIf you don't know where to start with your plan or don't have much experience, you may want to try the "Bubble Plan" method.  Start by making simple outlines- circles or squares to define areas and then label them - kids area, entertainment, patio, private space, gardens, etc.  From there you can get more detailed by pacing off measurements and refining the shapes.


Some of the most delightful backyard living spaces are those that have more than one space and are gracefully delineated into sections. These peaceful platforms are interconnected with private walkways and if done properly, each separate area can have its own identity and feel.


There are quite a few things you should consider when planning your Jacksonville backyard design. Two things that should be considered are the primary visual assets in the backyard and the compass direction. You may be lucky and have a view of a lake or natural area. Likewise you could also have obstacles to consider, such as someone's backyard, or a public park or street.  If this is the case, the primary patio view might become the back of your own home. You may want to consider heavily landscaping the rear wall of your home and incorporate a water feature to bring the focal point back into the property. 

Design.jpg Think about where the sun rises and sets. How much natural shade will be available when you decide to relax on the patio?  Will you be suffering because the patio is unshielded form the hot Florida sun?  Can you move the spaces to take advantage of shade from a tree or a part of your home?  A pergola or gazebo can always bring shade into almost any area.

After you have your bubble plan finalized it may be time to make or have a professional drawing made. A great tip is to outline the different areas with a garden hose, or marking paint.  This will help you to get a feel for the size of the spaces.  It's very common to underbuild a patio or simply outgrow the size.  If you plan to entertain, plan on patios a minimum of five hundred square feet.
A great way to get a feel for the size of a patio is to buy the furniture that will be used in this outdoor room. Take delivery of the furniture and place it on the grass or ground as you intend to arrange it on the finished surface.

If you want a really interesting patio and have the space to do it, try to create a few planting beds within the patio. You can purchase smaller trees that grow only 10 or 12 feet high that provide filtered shade.  Seasonal flowers in the planting beds add color, depth and fragrance.

A recently popular patio upgrade is a water feature. Pondless waterfalls, koi ponds and fountains next to a patio add pleasing background sound and motion that can really be a great stress reliever.

Don't forget to plan your entertainment and cooking areas.  Now is the time to think of upgrading from the typical gas grill on wheels from the local hardware store.  Even if you don't incorporate the kitchen into the first phase of your Jacksonville backyard project.  It's always good to run utilities for next springs add-on.

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Wonderful post... Very informational and educational as usual!
March 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJay B.

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