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Big Design Ideas for Small Outdoor Spaces

November 25, 2014

Stuck with a tiny yard? Transform your small outdoor space into a beautiful and functional escape with these totally doable design ideas.

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Photo: Warwick P Hunt. From: Studio H Landscape Architecture.

Dual Purpose

In your small backyard space, find ways to have dual-purpose materials. This garden privacy wall doubles as a waterfall feature.

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Photo: Andrew Franz Architect, Photo by Albert Vecerka

Design to Scale

The key to making a big impact on a small footprint: design to scale. Here, a mix of wood and slate, married with plant materials of contrasting color but similar tones, creates four levels of interest in this small space.

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Photo: Elk Studios LLC. From: Amy Elbaum.

Stick to the Essentials

When designing a small outdoor space, be sure to stick to the essentials. Cluttering the space with unnecessary items will have the space feeling disorderly.

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Photo: Alex Herring. From: Gunn Landscape Architecture.

Forget Grass

Having grass in a small yard makes for a troublesome task. Instead opt for tile, pavers or wood flooring - makes for easy yardwork.

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