If you’re like a lot of Toronto homeowners the backyard is problematic. It’s there – you can see it out the kitchen window – but it doesn’t inspire you and about the only time you venture into it is to take out the trash. A first-rate Toronto landscaping job can solve the problem of the ho-hum yard, light a fire under your social life, integrate the property aesthetically with the house and boost the home’s market value as well. Once you’ve decided to give the yard a makeover however, you’ll need to decide what shape your landscape design should take. In this post we’ll look at ways to find inspiration.
6 Places to Find Landscape Design Ideas
Landscaping the property is a great idea that will pay handsome dividends for years to come, but where to begin? Many people find inspiration in the following places:
- Other homes in the area: There’s no better place to start than your own neighbourhood. Take a walk around and see if anything grabs your attention. It may be unnerving to other residents if you stand in front of their house taking pictures and notes so you’ll probably need to just make mental notes and write things down later. After (or even in place of) the walk hop in the car and drive through a few other upscale neighbourhoods to get ideas.
- Public gardens or parks: If the city or town you live in has a public garden or other type of formal park take an extended stroll through it and bring the camera. You may not get any ideas that translate directly to your yard but you’ll have a chance to see how landscapers create interesting counterpoints, how a certain tree plays off a certain type of bush, various ways to incorporate water in a landscape and more.
- Magazines: Perhaps while you’re out and about you can stop at the local bookstore and browse through some house-related magazines. These often have elaborate layouts that not only show a landscape design from a variety of points of view but also provide detailed descriptions about what the landscape architect or designer was thinking.
- The Internet: There may be no better source for gaining inspiration than the Internet. Search for ‘landscape design’ or ‘landscaping’ or ‘urban landscaping’ and expect to be inundated with landscaping imagery of every type. When you see something you like click through to the page. Read the detailed description of the design and then search for other terms associated with it.
- Holidays: If you’re not in a rush to get your landscaping project in Toronto off the ground and you’ve got a big overseas holiday coming up make sure to keep your eyes open for ways people in other cultures deal with the issue of landscaping. You may bring back some invaluable ideas that will help point your own Toronto landscaping project in the right direction.
- The family: Before any contracts are signed or earth moved bring the family together and poll them on what they’d like to see if they could see anything in the yard. They are, after all, the people who will have to live with the results. Not every idea is likely to be a great one but the whole experience could turn into a really valuable brainstorming session.
Transforming your Toronto yard from a random or semi-random collection of flora and hardscape elements that may or may not get along into a cohesive, engaging landscape design is the kind of thing we do best at M.E. Contracting. Call us today on 416-238-6700 to find out more about how the art of landscaping can help reacquaint you with your long-forgotten yard.