Tips for Maximizing Small Outdoor Spaces for a Big Impact


You may have grand visions for your outdoor space, but worry that you lack the room you need to pull it off. You’d be surprised! Thoughtful landscape design can make the most of the space you do have. The key is taking time to consider how you plan to use the space. And to help, Harris Landscape Construction in Reno is sharing our top tips to maximize small outdoor spaces for a big impact.

Function First

How do you plan to use your outdoor spaces? Do you need space for kids to play? Do you want to entertain? An area to relax and recharge? You can absolutely have a multi-purpose outdoor space, even with limited square footage, but you need to think about your priorities and how individual elements will affect the functionality of the space as a whole.

Prioritize What Matters

Your wish list may be a mile long, but sometimes, less is more. Too many elements crammed into a space — big or small — tend to compete with one another and create a chaotic, over-cluttered effect. A little planning is the key to avoiding this scenario. By prioritizing the elements you want most, you’ll be able to cut out some of the things that really won’t add anything to your finished outdoor areas. This is also a good opportunity to consider maintenance needs. Small yards don’t necessarily mean less work, so think about how willing you are to invest time or money into maintaining any planned elements.

Don’t Overlook Scale

Scale is key to a cohesive design, and it’s arguably more important in smaller areas. Make sure to consider scale and size as you choose elements for your outdoor areas, including hardscape features, patio furniture, even artistic elements. Anything too large will strike a jarring note and could impede functionality. Overlooking scale during the selection process is the easiest way to emphasize tight spaces.

Consider Portability

Built-in features can be dramatic and beautiful, but there’s something to be said for portability. Portable grills and fire features may offer the versatility and flexibility you need in a smaller space. This is something worth talking through with an experienced landscape designer.

Incorporate Layers

Adding layers to a landscape plan creates depth and can offer the illusion of more space. Retaining walls, shade structures, even varying plant heights should be strategic considerations. These elements can take a so-so space to something truly impressive.

Consult a Pro

It’s not always easy to look at your existing outdoor space and visualize all of the elements you want. That’s where the benefit of experience comes in. In Reno and Sparks, the experts at Harris Landscape Construction have decades of experience and expertise to draw from. We can work with you to create a space you’ll enjoy for years to come. A professional landscaping plan will address physical constraints and concerns that may not have even occurred to you, while also bringing your dream space to life.

If 2022 is the year to upgrade your backyard, contact Harris Landscape Construction to get started.


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