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Landscaping For Your New Custom Home

Posted on July 10th, 2014

Why Landscaping Matters for Your New Custom Home


Home owners who go through the exciting process of building a custom home typically want to be able to control the look of the location that they’ll spend so much time in. This includes not only the architecture of the home and the layout indoors, but also the exterior of the home as well. There are a variety of different landscaping trends for custom homes that have become exceedingly popular in recent years that are worth exploring.

Current Hot Landscaping Trends for Custom Homes

Landscaping ideas that the owners of custom homes are employing to really differentiate their homes fall into a few different categories, including but not limited to:

  • Lighting Packages
  • Ground Cover
  • Privacy Elements

Lighting Packages

Outdoor lighting packages are great for helping take your large yard and turning it into a functional space that you can use both day and night. There are a variety of different high quality lighting types for you to choose from depending on your needs including, fluorescent, LED, incandescent and more. These fixtures are not only lightweight but are also designed to blend in with the current landscaping design that you’ve selected.

You won’t have to worry about the lights that you choose sticking out like a sore thumb because they aren’t something you purchase in addition to the rest of your landscaping – they’re an organic part of it.

Lighting packages for your landscaping design can be as involved as you’d like. If you have a walkway through your front or back yard that you’d like to illuminate during the night, you can do so with lightweight composite fixtures that can also be designed to match your ideal specifications. Underwater and fountain lights can illuminate any water fixtures that you might happen to have. BBQ and umbrella lights can also be great for providing a huge amount of light to the area, allowing that backyard barbecue during those warm summer months to go on all night long.

Ground Cover

When people select ground cover for their yard, it’s important to remember that there are options out there that go beyond traditional grass. Not only are these options designed to be low maintenance, but they can also give your custom home the unique exterior look that it demands.

One great option that is a viable alternative to grass is moss in many northern areas. Moss falls into a category of ground cover that is affectionately referred to as a “walkable carpet” thanks to the look and feel that it provides. Moss also looks great when paired up to surround stepping stones or some other type of custom walkways.

In warmer climates, “Xeriscaping” can be the trick for designs seeking to reduce water needs and withstand the heat well. Drought tolerant plants are used and help reduce maintenance yet provide a unique look. The specific plants used in xeriscaping depend upon the climate so every yard is unique.

You can also experiment with a variety of rock based ground coverage options, like colored rock, quartz, crushed stones or even volcanic rock. These are hugely popular trends thanks to benefits like decreased maintenance requirements, the unique look that they provide and the fact that they’re one of the most durable types of ground coverage out there.

Privacy Elements

In decades past, adding a privacy element to your yard essentially meant putting up a big fence and calling it a day. Landscaping ideas for privacy elements in today’s modern environment can include a large number of different items, like trellis fences, a natural wall of thick trees or bushes and more. Even the positioning of plants and features on your specific lot can assist with privacy without the need for huge features that block out what you want to see.

The thing to remember is that the privacy elements that you choose for your custom home have to serve two functions. The first is that they have to live up to their namesake and provide you with the privacy from your neighbors that you so desire. The second is that they actually have to look like an organic part of the landscaping design that you’ve chosen. Combining multiple elements like broadleaf shrubs, brick walls and even outbuildings like a shed can give your whole yard its own cohesive look and feel.

Landscaping is Personal

As you build your custom home, it’s nice to be able to have the same flexibility outside that you do inside. Your landscaping choices can create an oasis outdoors and complete the look for your showcase home. Your builder can help you design and make the choices that make sense for your home. They can also help make sure that if you build in a community that has special landscaping requirements from the HOA, they are met with no problems.

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