What You Should Know About Landscaping Your Custom Home

March 13, 2013

Designing a custom home can be a lot of work, but it can also be a lot of fun. You will be able to make your home just the way you have always wanted it. The home will be sure to suit your needs and can be a joy to live in. Besides paying attention to the interior and exterior design of your home, you will also want to pay attention to your landscaping. The area around your home can have a big effect on your experience living in it. Here’s what you should know about landscaping your custom home:

Consider Outdoor Features

First, consider what outdoor features you want in your yard. A pool is a great idea if the area you live in gets very hot in the summer. If you enjoy spending a lot of time outside, then you will probably want a porch, a terrace, or an extended pool deck with plenty of room for visiting friends and family members. Some other outdoor features you might want to consider include a fish pond, garden fountain, arbor, or outdoor kitchen. Measure your yard, see what fits, and then determine which feature or features best suit your needs and budget.

Think About Materials

Be sure to discuss materials with your builder. A good custom home builder will automatically use quality, top-notch materials, but the type of material may vary depending on what look you want and how much maintenance you’re willing to do. Wooden structures are beautiful, but also need to be treated regularly so that they will be impervious to termites and other pests, weathering, and more. Metal structures can add a unique and elegant aesthetic, but should be treated to prevent rusting. Whatever material your custom home builder uses should fit the aesthetic you want while also taking into account the maintenance you have time to do.

Leave Room for Natural Beauty

Make sure you leave plenty of room for grass and/or a garden. You do not want your yard to be so full of useful outdoor structures that it loses its natural beauty. Green grass is beautiful on its own if properly cared for. Flowers can help to enhance the natural beauty of your yard and you do not have to be a professional gardener to appreciate their beauty or to care for them properly. On the other hand, if you are too busy to maintain a yard or a garden, consider covering it with small garden stones. These come in many different colors and sizes and are surprisingly good looking. They also do not need to be maintained, cleaned, or cared for.

Look over your lot with your custom home builder to see how much yard space you will have available, determine which features you need, and then work with them to have the landscaping included in the construction process. Contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090 to get on the path to your dream home!