Essentials of Outdoor Living Spaces

The Essentials of Outdoor Living Spaces

Home is certainly where the heart is. What if you could continue the enjoyment outside? At Timberline Landscaping we have always been inspired by the idea of extending living spaces outdoors by creating awesome usable spaces to enjoy with family and friends. If you are ready to create an outdoor living space at your home, here are some essentials to consider.

Placement

To maximize use of your outdoor living space, place it as close as possible to the doorway to your home. Many fabulous outdoor living rooms directly connect to indoor space and truly extend your living room.

Consider traffic patterns. Just like hallways and walkways in your home you will need to be able to easily navigate outdoor living space. You can do this by creating an actual pathway using pavers, flagstone, breeze, and many other materials, by using seating walls or retaining walls to direct traffic, or by simply placing furniture properly.

For a sense of mystery, place your outdoor living area at the end of a pathway or in an area hidden by plants. This can really provide a hideaway and a very private space to relax in your backyard.

Dining & Seating Areas

Essentials of Outdoor Living Spaces, Outdoor DiningHardscaped areas such as paver patios or decks can create the perfect area for dining and seating areas in your outdoor living space. Just like indoors, best practice is to separate seating and dining areas. This can be done by literal separation by creating multiple patios, or by furniture arrangement.

Seating walls are a stylish way to provide ample seating, can help divide spaces, aid in directing foot traffic, and are a great space-saver compared to bulky chairs.

Cooking

At the very least, most of us enjoy grilling in our backyards. For those who have a great love of cooking and entertaining, an outdoor kitchen may be a great option. These come in a variety of sizes and with a variety of features and finishes to suit many styles and price points.

If an outdoor kitchen is not your style but you’d still like to cook outdoors, perhaps a pizza oven or wood burning fire pit is for you. Sometimes nothing beats a simple home-cooked meal on the fire!

Ambiance

There are many fantastic ways to create ambiance and a sense of tranquility in your outdoor living space. Start by selecting elements that bring you the most comfort indoors. Are you fond of lighting candles and setting mood lighting? Then adopt that outdoors by incorporating an outdoor fireplace, fire pit, or by installing dramatic landscape lighting. Perhaps you enjoy calming sounds and the smell of essential oils. If so a tranquil water feature to provide your own personal bubbling brook and planting aromatic plants like lavender will bring needed peace to your space. Outdoor electronics like speakers for enjoying music and even outdoor televisions are other items to ponder.

Protection from elements

Essentials of Outdoor Living Spaces

With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, it is important to consider shade for your outdoor living space in Colorado Springs. A pergola, covered patio or deck, sails or shade fabric, and even large trees are a terrific addition to any outdoor living space. If wind is a factor in your location of choice, adding a screen or windbreak to your deck or creating a wall would provide needed shelter.

For more inspiration for your ultimate outdoor living room check out our Pinterest page, residential design & construction page, or contact our talented design team by filling out the contact form below.

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Designing and Planting an Annual Flower Bed

It has been said that flowers not only provide beauty, grace, and fragrance, but can also give our spirits a lift. An annual bed is a fantastic way to boost curb appeal, welcome visitors, provide a burst of color year-round, and to top it off, they are great for pollinators. Ready to add a pop of color at your home or business? Here is our guide to designing and planting an annual flower bed. Continue reading Designing and Planting an Annual Flower Bed

Colorado Springs Turf Grass Comparisons

Colorado Springs lawn

There is a lot to consider when deciding what type of turf grass should be planted in a new landscape in Colorado Springs. Because of the elevation, temperatures, and climate, there are many types of plants and turf grasses that do not grow well in the area, especially on larger landscapes.

At Timberline Landscaping, we recommend cool-season grasses – either Kentucky bluegrass or Tall Fescue, for a Colorado Springs lawn. These two kinds of grass are two of the most popular grasses in the Springs, and for good reason. Both are extremely durable, recover nicely from foot traffic, but also stay green and lush for long periods of time.

While both perform somewhat similarly, there are some differences that could impact the decision-making process. We have compared the two to help you make a decision. Continue reading Colorado Springs Turf Grass Comparisons

Yard to Table: Growing a Backyard Vegetable Garden

Yard to Table: Backyard Vegetable Gardens

In recent years, we have seen a resurgence in the “farm to table” movement and support of eating local fruits and vegetables. While you may not have heard of “yard to table” it is also catching on. After all, you simply cannot get more local than your own backyard. Many homeowners are including space for growing their own food when creating their landscape plan and we could not be more excited to support this trend. Are you ready to try your hand at growing your own backyard vegetable garden? If so, we have all that you need to know to get started.

Pick a location

Choose an area of your yard that provides 10-12 hours of sunlight.

If space allows, build a raised garden bed. A wide variety of materials and aesthetics can be used for your structure and in any size. Raised beds are filled with ample amounts of great soil which your edibles will love. Some opt to make their raised beds tall enough to not have to bend over when tending their garden. We recommend not making each bed too wide as you want to be able to reach the center.

For those with smaller spaces, consider a container garden or vertical garden. Many items grow well in small spaces and special varieties labeled for containers are available. You can also incorporate edibles into your existing landscape in an aesthetically pleasing fashion. Continue reading Yard to Table: Growing a Backyard Vegetable Garden

Planting for Spring Color

Planting for Spring Color

Spring, it’s that first breath of life in Colorado after a long, cold winter. Trees, shrubs, and perennials begin to bud, bringing with them a plethora of beautiful spring flowers. Here is what our talented landscape designers recommend planting for spring color in Colorado Springs.

Planting for spring color

For other great ideas for planting in spring ,check out our blog posts on flowers by season, Pinterest boards, and our Colorado Landscaping Timeline. Contact us below if you would like to speak to our expert design team for help bringing spring color into your yard this year.

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Water Features: A Roundup of Our Favorites and a Few Tips

Close your eyes. Does your dream landscape include the soft sound of a water feature bubbling in the background while you enjoy relaxing in your outdoor living space?   Most of us feel a strong pull toward water – and well-designed water features can work wonders for even the most minimal landscaping.

Water features come in a variety of styles and sizes. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite installations – along with a few things to think about if you’re dreaming of babbling brooks and miniature Niagaras.

Types of Water Features

Bubbling Boulders and Fountains

Bubbling Boulder
Bubbling Boulder

Bubbling boulders are a fantastic option for those who want the ambiance of a water feature but may have limited space and budget. With a large variety of boulders and rocks available there are options for every style, from modern to rustic. Multiple holes can be drilled into bubbling boulders for added visual interest.

Fountains are similar to bubbling boulders in that they sit on a pond-free basin. The options are endless, from modern basalt columns to large decorative vases and they come in a very wide variety of sizes and budgets. Continue reading Water Features: A Roundup of Our Favorites and a Few Tips

Xeriscape in Colorado Springs

Xeriscaping in Colorado Springs: Decrease Water Waste, Boost Curb Appeal

Xeriscaping refers to an environmentally-friendly method of landscaping that reduces the need for supplemental water. Due to a lack of easily accessible fresh water sources and dry conditions, xeriscaping in Colorado Springs is continuing to grow in popularity.

What is Xeriscaping?

Xeriscaping Colorado Springs

Xeriscaping makes use of plants and shrubs – and sometimes a variety of other visually appealing materials – that don’t require a lot of water. Colorado is one of the places where this trend is really catching hold. It often involves installation of native plants which naturally thrive in our area coupled with reduced turf grass area or use of water conscious turf. Continue reading Xeriscaping in Colorado Springs: Decrease Water Waste, Boost Curb Appeal

Outdoor Fire Features, stucco firepit

Using Fire Features to Enjoy Your Yard in Winter

In a Colorado Springs winter, it’s enjoyable to go outside to ski or play in the snow. However, what if you just want to relax outside with friends and enjoy the snowy view? When it’s cold out, relaxing outdoors can seem out of the question, but it’s not as crazy as you would think. When it’s too chilly out to spend some time on your patio, fire features like an outdoor fireplace could be just what you need to warm up your patio space and enjoy it all year long – even on the coldest winter day.

According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, fire features are the No. 1 requested design feature for residential properties. There are many things to consider while pondering whether to add fire features to your outdoor space. The design, how it burns, and what you want to use the fire features for can all influence your buying decision. Continue reading Using Fire Features to Enjoy Your Yard in Winter

Leaf covered in frost

The Importance of Winter Watering

Did you know that on average it takes 10 inches of snow to equal 1 inch of rain?!

This means that snowfall simply does not provide the water necessary for plant material over the winter months. All plants, newly planted trees and shrubs in particular, run the risk of frost damage or death without winter watering. Keeping the soil moist will keep roots from drying out, which prevents root loss and die back. Days over 40 degrees provide a great opportunity to get out your hose and winter water your grass, trees, and shrubs. Pay special attention to non-native trees as they are more susceptible to winter dry-out.

Purchase a Moisture Meter

Moisture meters are available at local garden centers and hardware stores and will help you determine if additional moisture is needed. Consider purchasing one with a long probe as you will want to check moisture at the root level, which can be several feet deep. Continue reading The Importance of Winter Watering

The Broadmood Estate House

Transforming the Landscape of the Broadmoor Estate House

When The Broadmoor proposed transforming their beautiful 12,000 square-foot estate house into a space for events, weddings,  or families  to stay for a weekend, they had quite a bit of work ahead of them. The once luxurious historical estate had deteriorated over time, but The Broadmoor Estate House still had the potential to be restored into a mansion just as breathtaking as it was in the past.

The estate, which was constructed in 1930, has been called Gatsby-esque and the landscape renovation that Timberline Landscaping completed has certainly helped recall the era.

Estate House
Photo Credit: The Broadmoor

The History of The Broadmoor Estate House

The land was purchased from The Broadmoor in 1923, and the Estate House was built during the Great Depression for $60,000. The home was built for Thomas Harris Powers, a Pennsylvania native.  He hired an architectural firm out of Boston – Frohman, Robb, and Little – to design the estate, and titled it “La Tourelle” for its turret on the front of the house. He owned the estate until 1949.

The estate was then sold to an Oklahoma man for $100,000, but was sold again 11 years later, and several more times after that. The estate then fell into despair and was bank owned until February of 2016, when The Broadmoor purchased it again and began the journey of bringing the estate back to life. Continue reading Transforming the Landscape of the Broadmoor Estate House