A multi-functional terrace to get the most out of summer

 

I've repeatedly talked about outdooring, a garden trend that can make any outdoor terrace extend your home into your backyard. Well, I just can't help myself — I don't think it's possible for me to completely go around this topic here.

 
I've repeatedly talked about outdooring, a garden trend that can make any outdoor terrace extend your home into your backyard. Well, I just can't help myself — I don't think it's possible for me to completely go around this topic here.
 
The outdoor landscaping trend is booming — backyard landscaping plans are in high demand. I must constantly find fresh ideas that meet the diverse needs of each client. If you're thinking about creating an outdoor space, I have some advice for you.
 
First, you should keep in mind that there are many municipal laws governing this type of work. As a designer, for each mandate I receive, I must consult the city's urban planning department about the laws that apply to the property. Then and only then, will I have the information I need to achieve a project that will meet my client's needs. Some cities even require you to get a permit to build any structure in your garden.
 
Next, you must prepare a list — often across-the-board — of everything you want and need when it comes to your outdoor space: perhaps a covered outdoor boudoir, a swimming pool or spa, even a high- or low-profile deck. Although, at this point, many questions may enter your mind, it's still better to make this list beforehand. After all, once you've finished your plan, changing your mind about anything can be very expensive. It may also be too late to make changes.
 
Since you have no intention to give your terrace a makeover every year, it's important to ask yourself the right questions (concerning the short, medium and long term) for this kind of project. If your outdoor space is well designed, you can improve it over time, depending on what you or your family needs. I suggest that you look at inspiring images to see the direction you may want to take or the mood you want to create.
 
You should also carefully choose the building material for this project. Outdoor materials are a special case, since they must withstand very difficult conditions: bad weather, discolouration caused by sunlight and extreme changes in temperature. Stay away from anything you would want to use inside your home! That's partly because they have to be more resistant or treated accordingly, which only makes them more expensive than indoor materials. You may be tempted to succumb to less expensive choices. But again, remember that your landscaping project will have long-term consequences. The extra few hundred dollars you spend will be worth it in a few years.
 
Whatever you choose to do, you should definitely surround yourself with a good team, like a designer and a contractor who will make your project a success. If you consider the advice I've given you, I think you'll be able to make informed choices. And, above all, question yourself and do extensive research to be, in the end, more than satisfied with your decisions and results.
 
Now, just follow the steps mentioned above and develop your plan to eventually get the most out of your summer.
 
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Caroline Larocque began her career as a kitchen designer right after she completed her studies.

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