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Adding functional outdoor spaces is one of the most surefire ways to boost your property value. But even more important is that you and yours will find yourselves drawn to a well-designed yard, spending more quality time there. Here are five simple ways to add function to your outdoor spaces.

1. Keep everyone in mind

Start here: who uses your outdoor spaces? Guests, kids, pets? Think about everyone and how they’ll get the most out of your outside. Even a small area of turf or grass goes a long way for kids.

Photo: Landscaping Network

Do you love to entertain guests? Consider an outdoor kitchen space, a dining table and how guests will flow from inside to outside. 


2. Create a designated area for relaxing

Pick one area, wherever it might be in your yard, for socializing and just relaxing. This one element could quickly become the sole reason people are drawn outside.

Photo: Better Homes and Gardens

Take it up a notch by adding a fire or water feature like a gas firepit for evening lounging or a water fountain for serenity and calm. Choose simple patio stones or decomposed granite and voilà. 


3. Adjust for sun & shade

Talk to a homeowner with a property that basks in all-day sun and they’ll sing the praises of a pergola or other shade-creating space. And ask a homeowner with just a corner of their property that gets sun and they’ll tell you not only plants grow best there but they’re drawn to that space.

Photo: Homesthetics

Yardzen’s expert designers will evaluate your sun and shade patterns to help guide planting and new landscaping elements; helping you get the most out of your space.


4. Find the natural pathways, then make them shine

Maybe your kids use your side yard to get to the front yard. Maybe you traverse the backyard to get to your garden. Whatever your natural traffic patterns are, work with them. Pathways that create better access throughout your yard are a game-changer. 

Photo: Amber Freda Garden Deisgn

5. Make space for what you love

A small edibles garden, a place to play catch, an outdoor kitchen, a stock tank pool, a place to store bikes or kayaks. It doesn’t have to be over the top to make space for the things you love to do. 

Photo: Better Homes and Gardens

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