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Use the Home Outside App to Plan Your Summer Paradise!

Use the Home Outside App to Plan Your Summer Paradise!

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 in Landscape Design, Landscape Design App

  Bursting with ideas for how to make your yard an outdoor living space you’ll enjoy all summer? Wherever you live, early spring is a great time for planning changes to your outdoor living space—whether it’s a tiny balcony or a big yard—to make your property your absolute favorite place to be! Keep track of all those […]

Who Creates the Home Outside Online Landscape Designs?

Who Creates the Home Outside Online Landscape Designs?

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 in Landscape Design

There’s no such thing as a template or cookie-cutter design at Home Outside; every landscape we design is unique. Just who are the landscape designers behind the Home Outside app and online service? JMMDS is an award-winning landscape architecture and design firm that has created hundreds of private residential landscapes. We wanted a way to help homeowners across the […]

Bold Backyard Landscape Design

Bold Backyard Landscape Design

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 in Design, Landscape Design, Tips and How To's

Create a Floating Effect in the Landscape In this backyard landscape, each material – metal, wood, concrete, plant, or grass – looks as though it is floating or weightless, hovering above the surfaces around it. At the owner’s entrance, a metal roof floats above the walls, its structure invisible from the garden. Below, the ipé […]

Landscape Design: Brooklyn, NY

Landscape Design: Brooklyn, NY

A Welcoming Entry Garden with a Modern Flair This attached rowhouse in Brooklyn will be renovated next year, but in the meantime the owners were eager to create a welcoming oasis in their tiny front yard. They wanted a landscape design with a clean, modern aesthetic and envisioned a geometric layout using rectangular pavers embedded in moss. […]

Landscape Design Tip: Back Up Your Seating!

Landscape Design Tip: Back Up Your Seating!

When placing a seat or bench in your landscape, “Create a sense of security around your bench,” Julie Moir Messervy writes in Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love (Taunton Press, 2009, page 161). She recommends creating a feeling of safe enclosure by placing a bench in front of a wall or hedge, or planting large […]

Landscape Design Tip: Soften Straight Lines with Plantings

Landscape Design Tip: Soften Straight Lines with Plantings

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 in Landscape Design, Tips and How To's

A client asked us, “I have a lot of straight lines in my landscape. Is there any way to jazz things up?” Straight lines can be comforting – they provide a sense of order and reassuring symmetry—but you’re right to look for ways to keep them from becoming rigid and boring. Here’s a landscape design […]

A Friendly & Drought-Tolerant Front Yard Landscape Design

A Friendly & Drought-Tolerant Front Yard Landscape Design

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 in Design, Landscape Design, Landscape Design App

This Colorado homeowner wanted to retain trees and some of the perennials in the front yard of her attractive contemporary home, but she needed to replace her lawn with an inviting garden that would require little water once established. She imported her Google map image into the Home Outside app and sent it to us […]

Path Materials: Why We Love Peastone

Path Materials: Why We Love Peastone

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 in Landscape Design, Tips and How To's

Our Home Outside designers are often asked for recommendations for path materials. The options can be overwhelming, and many are quite expensive. A bark mulch or tamped earth path is the easiest to install and least expensive—but beware in snowy or rainy climates! You might soon be tracking so much dirt into the house that you’ll find […]

Urban Garden Design: An Intimate Terrace Garden

Urban Garden Design: An Intimate Terrace Garden

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 in Design, Landscape Design

At the heart of this open-air room is a beloved crabapple tree, visible from the kitchen windows, which provides food for the birds and a fragrant canopy over the lower terrace. The space was upgraded to accommodate the tree, and square-cut limestone paving stones, pea gravel, and planting beds replaced the uninviting lawn. From Landscaping Ideas […]

A Beautiful Backyard for the Whole Family

A Beautiful Backyard for the Whole Family

Posted on Apr 25, 2016 in Design, Landscape Design

After clearing some woodland behind their home, this young family desired a clearly defined backyard that retained some wildness, but with spaces for children to play, formal gardens near the house, and visual interest from inside. They created the base plan design (above, left) and sent it to us with their wishlist for a new garden. […]