Not every house adjacent area has a geometrically correct shape. The location of the house on not very wide, elongated sections is quite common. The owners of such a narrow space also want to decorate their courtyard comfortably: to lay out a beautiful garden or equip a gazebo with barbecue. How should the problem of the location of the desired landscape design objects be solved in a narrow area of great length? Let’s figure it out together.
For competent planning of the area of the site, one should take into account the peculiarities of its geometry. The design of such a territory should begin with familiarity with the recommendations of the designers. On their basis, it is quite realistic to give the necessary beauty and convenience to the site on your own, so that it pleases the owners with its appearance and functionality..
You should start work on the landscape design of a narrow area with its layout. At this stage:
- Territory sketch is in progress.
- Its functional areas are outlined.
- The optimal options for the location of all landscape elements are selected.
Based on the narrowed shape of the territory, the planning should have as its goal a visual expansion of its boundaries. If, for example, the area of the territory is 10 acres, and it is decided to arrange vegetable beds on it, then this circumstance should also be taken into account.
In this matter, the location of each landscape element is essential.. Vegetable beds, hedges or flower beds should be placed across the plot. This is done in order to give visual expansion to its narrow geometric shape. In the immediate vicinity of the beds, you can arrange a small pond or pool. A logical continuation of such a reservoir will be a recreation area around it..
How to visually expand the site?
In order to divert attention from the elongated, narrowed shape of such a section, it is necessary to lay on it not straight droshky, but to give them a curly look, framing them with pergolas or arches made of plastic. If there is a garden on such a site, then some of its area can be filled with tall trees. This will create an image of the continuation of the territory. When planning vegetable beds, you can arrange them in a circle or snake instead of the usual scheme. The rounded, arcuate or oval components of such a landscape design of a narrow, elongated territory will undoubtedly switch the attention of the observer to themselves..
As another option, you can apply the planting of trees of different sizes. In the frontal zone of the site, for example, relatively low trees should be located, and in its far part – tall specimens. Moreover, their crown should be of the same shape to create the illusion of a visual approach of more distant trees.
The far part of the garden is suitable for arranging an arch and a bench for relaxation.. They must be done in the same style.. To decorate the fence from one end of the territory, it is better to use trees with bushes planted on it. The use of this technique visually shortens the length of the section..
Another way to visually expand the space is to equip a green lawn on the site. To do this, it should be broken near an arch with a bench. The result will be the emergence of another recreation area..
If such a plot with a house is located on the slope of some kind of hill, then this circumstance should become another reason for the design imagination of its owners. In the lowest and strangled part of it, where rainwater should collect, mushrooms can be planted. A picturesque meadow with delicious mushrooms on it will be a magnificent decoration of the territory. Trees, as in the previous case, should be planted on one side of the site, keeping in mind the visual expansion of its boundaries.
An alpine slide should be placed directly at the entrance to the house. A recreation area should also be located here. The slope can be decorated by planting the brightest colors on it. The flower garden can be fenced off from the rest of the territory with a wattle fence made with your own hands or a miniature brick fence.
Binding to terrain conditions
When planning a territory extended in length, one should take into account the position of the house on it and which side the entrance is on. It is necessary to take into account the terrain plan and the orientation of the territory on the sides of the horizon..
Own and neighboring buildings, as well as tall fences, can create shading. This circumstance should be paid attention to even at the time of purchase of the site and during its planning. That’s why the best option would be the position of the land from east to west.
The position of the entrance also plays a significant role. If it is located in a narrow part of the territory, then you can separate its front part from the private zone, using the house as a dividing border. Then, before the construction, an entrance zone is formed, leaving all the other elements in the rear area of the site..
The front part, located in front of the house, should be made open in front of the street. To do this, it is appropriate to use compositions made up of trimmed shrubs, or you can limit yourself to one large bush..
If preference is given to standard symmetry, then the house becomes the center of the composition, and two medium-sized bushes are planted on the sides of its entrance. The entrance area in such a situation can be made visually open. This does not mean the complete absence of the fence., but openwork fences and small hedges should be used for it.
Applying the visual and actual separation of the front area from the private area of the courtyard, it is possible to embody many ideas of a multi-style plan on it. So, the entrance can be designed as a regular parterre with patterned lace lawns or mini bushes. Floral borders and topiary figures will also be appropriate here. A sculpture may come in handy here..
Such a division does not imply a connection between the two parts of the courtyard precisely through the house. Security considerations should be taken into account here. To comply with them, it is advisable to arrange a second exit from it in the back of the territory. On the sides of the house, if it is not a continuous building, passages should be left so that it does not adjoin directly to the fence. With such a layout, they will be narrowed and elongated. For their design, the same pergolas and decorative lamps are suitable..
It is advisable to arrange the entrance area in the front area of the territory with an offset to one of the lateral boundaries. If you want to maintain symmetry, you can achieve the desired effect by placing plants on the free part of the site. In the center, you need to lay a straight path to the entrance with borders and flowers on the sides. Space should be left in front of the house along its entire facade. The site is connected to the parking area and side walkways.
All other functional areas are located behind the house. Since the total width of the entire territory is insignificant, they need to be equipped in a certain sequence with distance from the house (in descending order of application activity). It is better to place a recreation area directly behind the home building. There is also a summer kitchen with a dining room and a playground for children. Behind them comes the turn of the garden, vegetable garden and economic territories.
If the house has an entrance from the end, but is located along the site, then its shape should be adapted to the spatial situation. At the same time, the elongated building is located in the front area of the courtyard along one of its extended borders. Then the entrance zone will lead into the depth of the site and be located on the side of the house.
In this situation, the entrance and parking areas are arranged at the very beginning of the territory (in front of the end of the house). For its visual accompaniment, plants are used in combination with high gates..
The arrangement of a platform behind the remote end of the house, covering the entire width of the plot is an excellent solution for creating a recreation area with a barbecue., as for the surrounding spaces:
- A remote part of the territory should be used for garden plantings and outbuildings, separating them from this area of the site from the living space.
- Another option would be to lay out a miniature garden here..
- In both cases, trees or buildings will act as a dividing wall..
Other narrow fencing elements include climbing trellises, hedges and shrubs, and light fences. All of them help to create a kind of backstage corners. In such corners, you can place dining groups, miniature recreation areas or hide utility sites there. This division of space into isolated zones contributes a lot to the visual expansion of the site..
Another type of site position on the terrain can be its orientation along the road. Zoning in this case depends on the location of the house. By placing the building in the center of the territory, you can divide the space into two parts, and they will be isolated from one another. Additionally, a space is formed for the entrance area in front of the building and a narrow strip of land behind it.
With the central position of the house on a relatively long plot, the living area with sun loungers, barbecue and dining room is clearly separated from the utility area. All this fits perfectly on both sides of the house. Such a division of the site looks like almost square zones, and the placement of all these objects on them is greatly simplified..
The displacement of the house to one side of the site with this position of the entrance will make it possible to arrange a parking and utility area on the vacated space. The design of a narrow personal plot for the rest of the area is planned according to the first option.
Visual compensation for elongated shapes
This should include zoning by dividing the territory into separate zones to draw attention to them.. To distract the observer from the general view of the site, it can be divided:
- All kinds of screens.
- Through paving.
- By arranging flower borders.
- With the help of planting shorn shrubs.
If desired, it is possible to equip a reservoir. If you are afraid to form it because of the shape of the site, then you can find a way out in the form of a stream or a geometric pond, which is also a zoning technique.
Another method is the use of relief, both natural and artificially created by terracing..
No less effective are the masking of borders with green spaces of various shapes and sizes with an emphasis on the far border of the territory, as well as the division by plants of a long fence and ways of distracting attention due to curved and broken lines in the landscape. An additional effect will also be obtained from the displacement of the sites (one relative to the other) and the combination of their sizes..
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