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How to Create a Sustainable Landscape Design

Sustainability has been on many people’s minds in recent years. We want to use less energy and chemicals, and we want to spend less money. This is all possible with a sustainable landscape design.

What does a sustainable landscape design look like, and how can you create one for yourself? Read on to find out.

Understanding the Principles of Sustainable Landscape Design

Before you can create a landscape design that emphasises sustainability, it helps if you know what it is. Sustainability in a landscape design incorporates many things, such as water saving, energy saving, biodiversity, produce growth, and pollution reduction.

You might incorporate all of these factors into your design or simply a few. However, having an awareness of them all can allow you to put more thought into the design process to make sustainability your priority.

Step 1: Measure

For accuracy and precision when purchasing products for landscaping, and the landscape process itself, make sure you measure everything. Draw the shape of your property and its boundaries on a piece of paper and measure along the edges.

Measuring the positioning of plants and trees that you’ll be keeping in place can also help you decide how to work around them and make the most of the space.

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5 Steps To Planning Your Ideal Kitchen

If you intend to have a new kitchen designed and fitted in your home, the process to go from the initial decision, through to the kitchen’s completion, can either be a smooth or a rough one. In the case of the latter scenario where things do not run smoothly, there will several reasons which lead to this, all of which are easily avoidable.

Some of the main issues will be a failure to determine what the priorities are for your kitchen, will include a lack of proper planning, not setting a timetable for the whole process, not establishing a budget, and probably the biggest fault, will be not seeking out professional advice.

Of course, if you do the exact opposite of what we have just described, your new kitchen project should run smoothly, run to schedule, be within budget, and the finished kitchen will be something which is a pleasure for you and your family to cook in or eat meals. To help you further, here are some more detailed outlines of the five main steps you should take in planning your ideal kitchen.

Determine Your Kitchen Design Priorities: One of the fundamentals that will help the process go well is to establish the main priorities you have for the kitchen. By this, we mean the style, the layout, what appliances you want including and the colour scheme. By deciding these at an early stage, the rest of the design process will ensure that the main goals for your kitchen are met once it is completed and in use.

Think About Practicalities Such As Power And Plumbing: A well-designed kitchen is not just about the visuals and by that we mean choosing the cabinet door design and worktop colours. Given the nature of what is done in a kitchen, the practicalities must be considered, with the most important being plumbing, electrics, and gas. There is no point in having a beautiful kitchen if it does not function properly due to oversight relating to the basic utilities.

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Best Landscape Design Elements for Entertaining

While some people put time and effort into their gardens and landscape design to enjoy a picturesque garden, others want a space that’s far more functional. A garden doesn’t have to be just pretty; it can also be an extension of your home’s interior where you spend time with loved ones.

The hardest part about creating an outdoor area for entertaining is coming up with a winning landscape design. If you need a helping hand, any of these elements can be worth incorporating into your sketches.

Hardscape Elements

The more hardscape elements you have in your backyard, the less gardening you will have to do. Hardscapes incorporate features like pathways, retaining walls, benches, water features, and even swimming pools.

If you prefer a more ‘lock up and leave’ style property for minimal maintenance, you may choose to include a combination of many of these elements into your landscape design.

Partitioning & Shelter

When you plan on spending a lot of time outside, protection from the elements is crucial. Most homeowners aim to create a space that will be just as comfortable in warm weather as it would be in cold weather.

You may be able to create such a space with the use of partitioning and shelter. Privacy screens, pergolas, and simple structures can provide both shelter and privacy while giving your entertainment area a dedicated space on your property.

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