Studying the climate patterns in your area is vital because that may change more than a few things in your design elements – the wind and the sun are a big part of your landscape space. When designing an outdoor space, such as a patio, it’s important to take sun and wind patterns into consideration. If you place your patio on the west side of the house, it’s going to get a lot of sunshine in the afternoon and that can make things uncomfortable if it gets too hot. Don’t forget to give wind direction some thought as well especially if you’re are planning to put in a fire pit. Wind direction can have a huge impact on outdoor activities if not taken into account during the planning stage.

Each part of the country has different weather conditions and planning your landscaping around the seasonal weather in your area can have a lasting impact on how well you will be able to enjoy the product of all the work you’ve done. These are things should be kept in mind because it’ll impact your ability to relax in your outdoor living space, no matter what season it is.

It’s understandable that you’re excited to enjoy your backyard but there’s no reason to be in a big hurry. When you’ve talked it over with family, friends, gotten advice from a design expert or hired someone to lead the project, give it time to breathe a little and give yourself time to breathe too. You never know when a great idea might pop into your head or you might realize your original plans were a bit flawed – either way, you can make adjustments or start fresh with a different plan, just relax. Keep a little notebook handy so you can jot down ideas as they come to you and you can refer to them later. If you see something you like online, save the website or if it’s in a magazine, tear it out and make a file of ideas you’ve collected. Occasionally open the file, flip through what you have and spread everything out on a table and look at it all with fresh eyes, comparing what you’ve collected with your original design plan.