Landscape Design Ideas for Using Your Yard Year-Round

Some joke that Oregon has only two seasons. Rainy season and construction season. Unfortunately, construction season, AKA summer, is officially coming to an end. Fortunately, we have some landscape ideas for using your yard year-round. There are a lot of ways to get more of the outdoors in the rainy season. Here are our best landscape design ideas for this Oregonian predicament.

All Oregon Landscape Design Ideas for Yard Use Year-Round

Awnings: In Portland, awnings mean more protection from the rain. Even Portland parks are starting to see the benefits of having an outdoor retreat that is dry. Some of our newest parks contain state-of-the-art awnings. Your yard can have a stylish, streamlined awning too.

Fireplaces and Firepits: We’ve posted about building your own firepit in the past. Fireplaces and firepits create a gathering space as well as a heat source for drizzly Oregon nights.

Plan a cozy firepit for the fall.
Plan a cozy firepit for the fall.

Enclosures: There are a lot of well designed systems for partitioning part of your yard and actually creating a temporary enclosure to be protected from the elements. Lots of restaurants are now using them to have extra patio seating year-round. Why not adapt it for your home?

Outdoor Kitchens: Everyone loves to eat. Being able to BBQ year-round will ensure that you and your guests will enjoy your yard throughout the winter. If you build an awning over-top, you won’t even need to plan around the rain.

Outdoor kitchens extend the use of your outdoor space.
Outdoor kitchens extend the use of your outdoor space.

Lighting: This is probably the easiest and most important thing to change to get more use of your yard in the fall and winter. No one wants to make their way into a dark black hole; by adding lighting you can create a romantic and inviting atmosphere in your yard. Using LED lights will make it affordable and easy.

Outdoor lighting creates a cozy feeling outside.
Outdoor lighting creates a cozy feeling outside.

Combine any of the above to make a truly usable yard year-round.

All Oregon Landscaping Designs Year-Round Features Through-Out Portland

If you want help with any landscape design ideas to help make your yard more usable in the winter, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We have experience with awnings, outdoor fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, enclosures, and outdoor lighting. We work throughout Portland, Vancouver and any surrounding areas including, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Gresham, Oregon City, West Linn, Sherwood, Gladstone, Milwaukee, Happy Valley, Lake Oswego, Tigard, and more. Let us know what you have in mind, and we’ll send a landscape designer out to ask questions get started on a quote!

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