Getting More from Your Small Backyard with Mitchell Parker

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If you’ve got a small backyard and you’re worried your lack of space equals a lack of design opportunity, think again. Small spaces can do just as much as big ones. With clever design and great landscaping you can make the most of your compact space.

Mitchell Parker from home design website Houzz.com has compiled his 16 best tips to get the most from your small backyard. They’re tips from some of the best landscape architects and designers so we’ve picked out our favourites to share with you!

Implement a smart lighting design

You want to light up your space to give it atmosphere when dusk hits. And a more strategic lighting plan can make all the difference in a small area. This design includes task lighting to help you scorch the steak by the grill, landscape lighting to highlight features, and ambient lighting to, well, give you freedom to move in a well-lit area – and add ambience, of course.

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Complement your interiors

So that your outdoor living space feels a part of your housing design, give it the same colours and styles that you use indoors. It also gives you a better transition from indoors to outdoors.

Enclose the space

Sounds a bit contradictory, right? Make your small outdoor space larger but shutting it off. How? According to architect Carson Arthur:

“When you enclose a small space even more, you play up its cosiness and make it intimate”.

This article recommends installing a pergola or shading the space with vertical plants.

enclosed small spacesPhoto credit: San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Martha Angus Inc.

Keep maintenance to a minimum

Many of us buy smaller spaces so we don’t have to spend hours on upkeep. So it makes no sense to create a complicated high-maintenance space. Suggestions: a paved or decked yard (or artificial grass!) with pot plants rather than garden beds. Also look at planting native plants and succulents that need little water.

For more great tips on bringing a small space to life, you can check out Parker’s full post here.

Ready to Renovate?

The articles got some awesome ideas, so if you’re looking at implementing some of the grander designs, including pergolas or synthetic turf, we can help you out. Check out our resources below:

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About Alex Kuchel

This is Alex. Alex is the National Brand Manager at Australian Outdoor Living (AOL). By day, she’s a member of AOL’s marketing team. She helps to conjure up ideas on how best to promote Australian Outdoor Living and enjoys working with a pretty awesome team of clever cookies. By night (and weekends), she enjoys the company of her family and friends. She’s a big believer in sun shine and does her best to enjoy it with those she loves most.”

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