When you’re taking the time to think about and design the home of your dreams, it’s important to consider the grounds surrounding your home as well. After all, having a beautiful custom home with a barren yard would be kind of like wearing a nice tux without any shoes. While it ultimately depends on the style of your custom home and your design preference, there are some specific landscaping features you should consider adding when you are designing your custom home and the grounds surrounding it.
Outdoor kitchens are just as customizable as their indoor counterparts, and the endless features could make up an article of their own. It’s important to think about whether or not you would like to include one when you are considering the landscaping features for your custom home. Certain features like built-in grills, counter space, and utility hookups should be thought about early in the process so that the skilled trades personnel working on your custom home can install those features while they are working on the inside of your home. You could install a fully functional bar complete with keg lines and taps, or even a full-blown entertainment system so you can enjoy the big game while being in the great outdoors.
Although outdoor features are often an afterthought, you should try to complete any landscaping features for your custom home that will require heavy machinery prior to the sod being laid. Fire pits are a must-have addition to the yard of any custom home because they allow you to enjoy the outdoors even once the temperatures begin to drop, and there’s no better way to socialize with your friends and family than sitting around a roaring fire. That being said, why not take a step up from lawn chairs around a hole in the ground and design a beautiful stonework fire pit and seating area. Large natural stones give this rustic pastime an elegant ambiance, but as we mentioned, the heavy machinery required to move large natural stones will tear up your grass, so it’s best to plan to do this during the construction phase.
The backyard of your luxurious custom home should be a space where you can unwind, relax, and unplug for the day, and some landscaping features are designed to help with exactly that. Adding water features to the landscaping design for your custom home backyard will instantly turn your outdoor space into a relaxing oasis. Depending on the amount of space you have, you can go with a large feature or a small feature, and in some cases, it’s nice to use your water feature as a way to break up the different areas around your yard. It depends on what you like, but you can include a waterfall, a fountain, and even fish in your water feature to make it unique to your style and preference.
Pergolas & Gazebos
Although we all love to sit and soak up the sun, sometimes it’s nice to have the option to sit in the shade on those scorching hot days. Pergolas are an excellent addition that will not only add a touch of shade to your yard, they also add a touch of refined style. Gazebos offer a similar benefit, and because they have a solid roof, you can stay dry while you sit and watch a storm too. The nice thing about gazebos is you can also add half walls with screens or curtains to keep the bugs out so you can enjoy a drink or a family dinner outside.
If you hear the word patio and you think of the industrial diamond style patio slabs, you’ve got it all wrong. Patios can add a touch of elegance to any yard, and the stone options are seemingly endless. Stone patios are ideal for around pools, but they’re also an excellent choice for areas with a lot of precipitation. No one wants to walk through soggy grass after a rainstorm, but if you have a patio, it will dry relatively quickly. While interlocking stones, slate, and flagstone are excellent options, you can also consider using poured concrete or poured rubber surfacing.
Pools & Hot Tubs
Nothing says summer fun like having a pool and hot tub in your backyard. There is no better way to spend a hot day than lounging in a pool with a cold drink, and swimming is an excellent low-impact exercise. This is also likely the only landscaping feature for your custom home that your kids will want to have a say in. There are several styles and designs to suit your yard and your unique needs, but regardless of what you choose, you’ll be happy you did every year when summer arrives. Hot tubs aren’t talked about as much because they can be installed above ground relatively easily, but connecting a hot tub to your pool adds a touch of luxury to your yard and keeps all your controls and pumps in one convenient location.
Create a backyard oasis that accents your custom dream home with help from Omega Homes!
Custom Home Building Process
At Omega, it’s important to us that our clients know what to expect when we start the process of building their custom home. We’re there for you every step of the way, from finding the perfect lot to picking out the final intricate details that will turn your custom build into your dream home. Once your home is complete, we will be available to you for any warranty concerns and all necessary aftercare.
Before we start any build, we take the time to sit down with clients and discuss exactly what they want. Involving our clients in the design process ensures that they get a home unique to their taste that they will love for years to come. We openly discuss budgets with every client and break down the costs associated with building a custom home so that our clients are never left in the dark.
We don’t just build you a house, we build you a home. We assemble the top architects, designers, and trades personnel to work in conjunction with our experienced and licensed staff in order to make your dream home a reality. As a Tarion Custom Home Design-Builder, we feel it is our responsibility to be adaptable to each client’s individual needs. There’s no job we can’t handle, and we will do whatever it takes to meet your requests with high-quality results. Our architects and designers are always looking for new and exciting challenges, so the only limit is your imagination.