One of the most common trends we see in modern architecture is a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living. The landscaping elements you choose can dramatically enhance the beauty and balance of your home. Your front yard plays a significant role in your home’s first impression, and the landscaping in the back helps to foster privacy, creativity, and tranquility. As you begin the design process for your custom home, keep in mind the important relationship between landscape and architecture.
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Landscape Architects Vs. Traditional Architects
The first step in seamlessly merging your landscape design with your architecture is understanding that these are two very different concepts. While some architects specialize in landscaping, not all of them do.
Architects design structures such as houses or office buildings, while landscape architects produce plans for the outdoor areas around structures. Both are very important in the design of a custom home—when landscape architects and traditional architects remain in constant communication throughout the process, the homeowner benefits significantly.
One of the most significant factors in a successful landscape/architecture relationship is continuity. Just as the rooms inside of the home relate to each other, so should the interior and exterior of the home. This is done by working with clear and smooth transitional spaces.
Your architect’s goal is to create an indoor living space that flows effortlessly from one room to the next without any interruptions. Your landscaping should do the same. Patios, balconies, outdoor entertainment areas, and yard spaces should share similarities in style and tone. The landscaping features you choose, such as flowers, trees, statues, water features, bushes, and décor should have some kind of consistency throughout to maintain a sense of order, uniformity, and continuity.
Another critical factor in the relationship between landscaping and architecture is flow. For both aesthetic and practical reasons, the flow of the landscape and the architecture is crucial in creating a space that feels welcoming. The flow of the home starts with logistics like how to get in and out of a room. It also includes factors such as what you see from different parts of the home as well as focusing on the in-between spaces like hallways. To enhance the flow of your home, it’s important to focus on these key design elements:
- How to enter a space. The elements an individual encounters before entering a specific area is key to flow. You should incorporate thresholds, doorways, and courtyards that prepare the individual for what they will experience in the area they are going into. Minimizing barriers and divisions can help improve the flow of the home and allow landscaping elements and architectural elements to work together.
- Practicality. Be sure that your transitional spaces are set up for optimal ease and practically. For example, doorways from the kitchen leading into other parts of the home should be wide enough to carry trays. The layout of the home should make it seamless to transition from indoor to outdoor living. This includes the way windows are positioned and what you can see from each room.
Most custom homes have impressive outdoor living areas that serve as private retreats and vibrant entertainment areas. The flow and design of this space are also crucial to how the living area is used and enjoyed.
One example of how landscaping and architecture can work to enhance each other is the Anderson Studio’s Morningside Villa project. This gorgeous home is designed with both windward and leeward outdoor living spaces. This provides respite from the strong January winds and also ensures comfortable outdoor dining and entertainment in every season. As you design your custom home, the outdoor plan should always be made with the indoor plan in mind.
Overlaps in Landscape and Traditional Architecture
While landscape architecture and traditional architecture are very different in many ways, they do overlap in a few key areas. Both do the following:
- Use light (natural and artificial)
- Focus on how the light fixes color, defines objects, and affects the mood of a space
- Work to balance and refine the color and textures available in the materials used
- Frame views and plan movement that naturally leads from one environment to another
Design Your Dream Home with Anderson Studio
Whether you’re in the initial design stages of a new home or want to enhance your existing space by merging architectural elements and landscaping, the Anderson Studio can help you get started.
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