landscape spaces can have a big impact on an otherwise drab
town home. With space at a premium in the city, proper planning
and execution of an
living space is the key to creating an interactive space
with the architecture and
uses for how each individual homeowner uses his or her outdoor
living areas. In Houston, residents use their outdoor spaces
of functions. Whether it is to create a visual impact for
an entry arrival or for an outdoor evening to relax in after
a hard day’s work, these
can comprise a variety of elements including, patios, water
features, arbors, lighting, and plantings.
act as a transitional element for homeowners to interact
with their landscape. Not only do these outdoor surfaces
and planters to become a part of a landscape, but they also
bring people into a small outdoor space that would normally
only be viewed
inside the house. Materials can range, depending on the
architecture of the home or the size of the patio. Something
as simple as a
concrete surface or as detailed as a plaza brick cobble
can be used for a patio surface.
Features bring movement and sound to a space,
in addition to creating a visual statement for a small space.
Small to large water
become a life-giving force to a variety of birds, frogs,
fish, and many other living critters within an outdoor space.
Even small wall
features bring a sense of tranquility to a vertical garden
where space is virtually nonexistent. A simple boulder or
Greek urn with a small
can become the perfect accent within a small outdoor space.
Fountains constructed out of stone in a more architectural
style can still
the essence of nature while integrating itself with outdoor
space and architecture of the home.
provide shade and relief to a small outdoor space, especially
during the hot summer months in Houston. These structures
or semi-covered. Materials such as canvass can provide a
water proof covered space that can be enjoyed when it is
either sunny or
Open beamed structures provide support for vines to create
a filtered screen from the sun. Ceiling fans, outdoor lighting,
used within an arbor can bring additional comfort to the
extreme summer climate of Houston.
is a key element that provides enjoyment of a small outdoor
space into the night. This element is especially important
who enjoy the outdoors in the summer evenings when the temperature
not so unbearable. Focal elements such as a water features,
or accent trees/shrubs become illuminated within the outdoor
space by using lighting. Either a high or low voltage lighting
can easily be incorporated in to an outdoor living space.
are the transitional element used in a small outdoor space.
They can be a simple scheme of one accent specimen or a
forms, colors, and textures. We are lucky, since Houston’s
mild climate offers an array of trees and shrubs for a small
gives residents of Houston the opportunity to introduce
bold textured plant material in additional to some of the
more traditional trees
shrubs in to a planting scheme. Textured Trees or shrubs
such as palms, crinum lilies, ginger, fatsia, cycads, aspidistra,
can bring life to an otherwise unsightly corner or act as
an accent focal that ties a planting scheme together.
these elements listed above are just a few options that
can be used in a small outdoor living space. Contacting
designer can help you plan and determine what elements best
suite a homeowner’s needs for his or her outdoor living
a conceptual master plan is designed, execution of this
design can be implemented for the homeowner to enjoy in
the years to come.