Landscape Plan -
Consider Your Family's Lifestyle
By Jeanette Joy Fisher
If you've been considering changing you're home’s
landscaping, don't forget to consider your family's
lifestyle as you create your initial plans. Everyone's
routines and daily activities need to be considered before
you make any significant changes.
For instance, if you put a flowerbed or shrub in the
middle of your backyard, will that hinder your children
from playing various games? You want to encourage your
kids to play at home and to invite their friends to join
them, so it's important not to do anything that will
adversely affect the space where they usually play.
Another example would be planting a shrub along a route
that someone in the family likes to walk on a regular
basis. It can be something as simple as the route to the
mailbox, or something as elaborate as a path that someone
likes to walk every afternoon to commune with nature.
Either way, planting something that alters their enjoyment
of that simple routine wouldn't be a good idea.
You may also want to consider what adding a particular
landscaping element would do to enhance your family's
living experience For instance, would adding a hot tub to
a proposed new deck be something the family would use
enough to justify its expense, or would it be enough just
to add the deck and use it for barbecuing and getting
together with friends?
You might also think about future additions to the family
when making your landscaping plans. For example, even
though your own children have grown up and moved out of
the house, you might think about adding a sandbox to your
landscaping project, so your grandchildren will have a
place to play when they visit over the weekend.
As you think about what you might like to incorporate into
your new landscaping project, it's a good idea to start
keeping a folder where you can stuff pictures or ideas.
You might also want to keep a journal, jotting down ideas
of possible additions that come to you from time to time.
When you finally sit down to create your formal plan, you
can dig these out, and you may be surprised at some of the
things that caught your imagination as you mulled over
your landscaping project.
Regardless of what you finally decide to include in your
landscape remodeling project, it's important that everyone
in the household be considered. It's their home, too, and
they have the right to be given the maximum amount of
opportunity to enjoy it.
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