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If you’re looking for ideas for outdoor living Portland that are great for the whole family, there’s no better time than now to start your own backyard design. When I first moved here, I was skeptical about the backyard patio and I think many other people are too. If you go out and take a look at it now, I’m certain you’ll find yourself wanting more.

I remember when I first moved to Portland, there were no formal plans for outdoor living, just a couple of storage sheds and a few stand alone garages. Some people who moved here are shocked at how much outdoor living has expanded over the last couple of years. If you think you don’t need to add more features to your backyard, you may be surprised at how much you will need. The options available to you now allow you to do a lot more with your space.

A lot of people think that water features and fire pits are only for the upper class, but you can use them in your backyard as well. You can have a back splash that floods the ground and then light the garden around it up. It’s all about knowing what your style is and how you want to use your space. Fire pits can be a great place to get some well-needed relaxation and invigorate the senses.

Water features like fountains and pumps are wonderful for serenity and soothe the soul. You can choose to have one or two or none. You can also choose small fountains that are embedded in rocks or cement to give your yard a more rustic appeal. A saltwater fountain can bring natural elements to the surface.

If you want to get even more creative with your outdoor living and landscape design, you can get your own design books. I’d recommend starting with Jeff Wilson’s book, or Ken Bennett’s book if you’d like more specific design tips. Youcan find these at your local library or book stores in your area. You can also purchase more specific plans online.

They’re a bit more expensive, but you’ll find that the quality and attention to detail are top notch. Not everyone has the money to throw away on landscaping when they can hire a professional. You’ll also find that professionals can come in and lay out your backyard patio or gazebo.

If you decide to go this route, make sure you let them know what features you would like to see in your outdoor living space. Be sure to ask if you can have a garden space included too, and make sure that the person doing the landscaping knows the basics of how to design and build your planter boxes and urns.

Your outdoor living can be a great way to bring the outdoors in. It doesn’t have to take up the majority of your space either. Consider adding some water features, a fireplace, a pool or simply some shade and beautiful plants to add that extra “wow” factor to your space.