September 4, 2011

Sitting Areas in New Jersey Landscape Design

Filed under: Landscape Design — admin @ 7:45 am

The ultimate outdoor sitting area has every comfort; sun and shade, warmth, privacy, a view, shelter from wind, cozy furniture and candlelight and mood landscape lighting.  Our landscape architects and garden designers, along with April Showers, our lighting company, can create the garden you have been looking for.  We design sitting areas by looking for a site that is warm and sheltered from the wind, enclosed enough to feel intimate and private, yet open to a view, either out of the garden or to an interesting feature within it.

Sitting areas adjoining the house are convenient  because you can easily transport iced drinks and cushions back and forth.  But a patio away from the house offers restful place to go to get away from the telephone and everyday chores.  The fact that you have to go some distance to it, even if it’s just around the corner, makes the garden feel larger.  Consider having both kinds of sitting areas.  Perhaps there is space off the master bedroom or bathroom that is large enough for a chair and gets the morning light or a corner in the garden where there is a lovely view of the sun setting over someone else’s trees.  Explore the side yard, the front yard and the backyard for possibilities.

Once you have decided on a spot, we can make the space more defined and roomlike by growing a low hedge wall, setting an arch at the entrance ,tall potted plants around the perimeter, or erecting screens.  Alternatively, if you don’t want to enclose an area too  much, we can design just a “ceiling” by building an arbor, planting a small tree with a broad canopy or installing a garden umbrella by your chair.  A ceiling will define the sitting area, as well as block views from above.

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