Everyday Design Tips to Transform Your Home

Friday, 10 July 2015

On 23:34 by Alex Mungai   No comments
In recent developments, there is the urge to include a good landscape design to complement the 
architecture owing to the fact that the outdoor precedes the indoor space. While a lot of effort in terms of planning and design goes into the buildings, less thought is given to the outdoor
spaces resulting in spatial conflict between the two.
A good landscape complements the building


While we may blame the developers, someone may ask, “Is there a definite point where the architecture ends and the landscape architecture begins?” If proper thought is given into the design, then there is no conclusive point where either ends. The design for both should therefore be coordinated if they are to stand out as one element and complement each other.

Defining an outdoor space can be quite challenging since it differs from the indoor spaces that are mostly defined by walls. On the other hand, an outdoor space can be defined as an invisible volume bound by physical elements such as planting materials, walls and the ground. By all means, the space is three-dimensional.
Creating outdoor spaces involves careful
planning and arrangement of  various landscape elements

As a landscape architect, it is quite important to study and understand the indoor spaces, the activities within the house as well as the function of each space as this will go a long way in planning for the outdoor spaces. The techniques employed may vary in terms of materials used to define space, elements used to create spatial patterns as well as creating spaces that do not conflict with the existing building.

The landscape architect understands the aspects of space and should therefore use the best landscape elements/materials to define the outdoor spaces and create a flowing connection between the two spaces so they come out as one.

Plants for instance can be used to create spaces by forming vertical enclosures which create intimate spaces for outdoor activities. Other outdoor structures that can serve this purpose include pergolas, gazebos and patios that can also be multi-tasked for other purposes such as entertainment.

Outdoor spaces can be further enhanced by including pools, ponds, gardens and monuments with the aim of adding value to the architecture.

For developers, it is therefore important to engage the services of a landscape architect as this adds value to the property as well as creating a welcoming atmosphere to the indoor rooms.

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