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Incorporating a garage into a garden design

When designing the landscape for a garden, garages can often be forgotten about. It’s crucial to remember how much of an impact a garage can make in the initial planning stages. There are numerous points to take into consideration, it’s better to get them in first so then you can begin to plan the rest of the landscape around this. From the eyes of a professional, here is a guideline of things to consider when incorporating the garage into the landscape you’re working on.

Size & Space 
It’s key to always calculate the size of the garage you are integrating into the landscape. Often construction requirements need meeting and it’s imperative that they are included within your plan. Get specific height and length measurements on each wall to ensure you allow enough space, making it clear where you can start to design the rest of the area around this. The design and layout of the garage you are integrating can also have an effect on the space, for example, if the garage has a pull door, no extra room is required however if the garage  has doors that open towards you, extra space in front of the garage will be required.

 

On top & Underneath

The base is one of the most important elements of a garage and if not built correctly you could end up with an unstable build rather than the desired strong platform. Concrete garages from Lidget Compton ensure that the base layer consists of compacted hardcore material. Does the garage need protection on top? What material is the garage made of, if using garage roof membranes or garage roof sheets make certain they are superior quality.

Connectivity

How far away is the house from the garage? You need to know if the garage will be directly connected to the house or if it’s in a separate part of the garden. Ensure all access points are in your plan, is the garage being used for a car? If so, you will need to incorporate room for a driveway for the car to be able to drive in and out of the garage

Joining the dots

If the garage isn’t directly connected to the house, how are you going to connect it? If you are planning to have other communal areas in the garden you’re designing the landscape for, you may want to create a design that avoids regular walking on the grass itself as this can eventually lead to  uneven coverage and worn away patches.. Connect the main areas with creative foot paths such as steppingstones, decorative brick or crushed stone, use similar material to the house for aesthetically pleasing results.

Year-round appeal

Once you have the size, space, material, base, all entry points and connection points in the plan you can begin to work out how you’re going to submerge it into the finished look. You can start to increase curb appeal by incorporating a flower bed around the outside of the garage; try use flowers that last all year round such as hibiscus, asters and candytuft. To create a more inviting appearance, place camellias or podocarps in corners to soften harsh vertical lines. Illuminate focal points with creative lighting, you don’t want the visual impact to be ruined when the sun goes down. Remember to include all these finishing touches to the plan as depending on the lighting you choose, if it’s not solar lights, you will need to plan where your electricity is being sourced from.

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