How to elevate a summer cottage: a selection of the best tips for improvement

Looking through magazines with picturesque illustrations on the theme of "landscape design", there is always a desire to decorate your suburban area, realizing your creative ideas and ideas in this way. But how to refine a summer cottage, having only a great desire to create a cozy corner, but without having great financial opportunities? As numerous examples show, it is not so difficult to design a personal territory worse than designers, it is enough to use elementary tricks. Today we propose to consider in more detail how to improve the site with your own hands.

Land Improvement Recommendations

To determine what exactly you need, first of all you need to make a list in which to list all the wishes of family members. Someone wants to grow record yields and wants to break garden beds. Someone has plans to equip a swimming pool and set up flower beds, and for children to equip a playground with a gazebo and sandbox in order to be able to enjoy outdoor recreation.

Thinking over the arrangement of a site, it is important to focus on its shape and size: the smaller the area has a plot, the more carefully you should approach the issue of its refinement

When arranging the territory, both professional designers and amateur gardeners always adhere to a number of universal recommendations, the implementation of which allows you to get an excellent result at minimal cost:

  • In the process of landscaping, it is necessary to take into account and correctly combine all communications and lighting, compositions and paths, keeping them in the same style.
  • Plants for decoration should be harmoniously combined with the existing green spaces and the general landscape of the area.
  • Successful combinations of landscape design elements have an effective look. For example: stone and plants can be harmoniously combined in rockeries, on an alpine hill, when arranging a dry stream.
  • Decor elements, the basis of which is the same manufacturing material, it is desirable to place in one place, so that the composition will have a complete look.

What to consider at the design stage?

When you set the task to make the territory more convenient and attractive, first you need to translate all your ideas on paper.

With the help of the plan, it is convenient to divide the territory into zones: entry, front and utility, for the garden, vegetable garden or recreation area

For greater clarity, outline the elements of landscape design better with colored pencils. This will allow even at the design stage to prevent a pile of parts and harmoniously combine all functional structures with landscape design elements

When designing the functional areas of the garden, it is important to consider not only the convenience of work and the interests of each family member, but also the illuminance of the site, the level of its groundwater, the direction of the winds and the orientation to the cardinal points. At this stage, the basis of future elements is also formed: a small pond or waterfall, a rock garden or an alpine hill and other landscape details, and the location of paths is also outlined.

Landscaping in the examples

There are more than a dozen techniques for ennoblement: arrangement of flower beds and front gardens, decoration of fountains and ponds, decoration of existing buildings, etc.

So, metal or concrete structures, or capital structures made of bricks are more often used to enclose the territory. But deaf fences against the background of a riot of colors of green spaces of the site always look dull.

Using elements of vertical gardening, you can turn even the most ordinary fence into a real work of art

Fences made of wood, assembled from a picket fence or solid boards, also look original and stylish. Motley-colored fences fit perfectly into the landscape design of the site

Tip. To extend the life of the wooden enclosing structure, it is possible to treat the surface of the wood with a chemical composition from mold, bugs and climatic phenomena.

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Gardening is one of the most effective and most popular methods of arranging a suburban area. All kinds of flowerbeds, mixborders and rabatka dotted with many fragrant and unusually beautiful flowers will become a real decoration of the site.

Under the arrangement of flower beds even old broken furniture will fit. Armchairs, cabinets, chests of drawers and chairs can act as original planters

In order for old interior items to find a “new life", it is enough to repaint their juicy bright colors, fill the containers with fertile soil and plant the plants.

Outbuildings, without which there is no arrangement of a single suburban area, it is easy to decorate tall or climbing plants.

The original decoration of the walls can be vertical structures from used car tires

The area reserved for the garden is often also not very picturesque.

Miniature decorative wattle and wooden fences will help to enrich the beds with greens and vegetables.

A real highlight of the recreation area can be a cozy gazebo. The arbor entwined with clematis or climbing roses will not only be a spectacular addition to the site design, but also a favorite vacation spot of the whole family.

Instead of the traditional design, you can equip an unusual "live" arbor, the walls of which will be tree trunks or tall bushes

Fans of the water element can complement the site design by arranging a small pond with water lilies or a waterfall babbling between stones

For lack of opportunity to equip a water source on the site, you can always equip a dry stream. Lined with pebbles, sand and polished glass, the bed of the stream will create the illusion of a living source.

Plants planted along the banks of a dry stream will give the overall composition more picturesque

Here are some interesting decor ideas:

Land improvement is a fascinating process that brings a lot of pleasure. But in the process of decorating the site, you must know the measure so that the abundance of decorative elements does not overshadow the natural beauty of nature.


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