Beachview Eclectic Landscape, Toronto
An Urban backyard designed for a first-time homeowner and their new family. Recycled tiles and a child-proof water feature create a playful space with lots of life in it.
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In Room Outside Brookes also showed us that different age groups need different features within the garden, and that this should be considered in the design. It is no good to expect children to play soccer on grass surrounded by their parents' prize herbaceous border.This small garden follows his precepts perfectly by allocating space for each purpose: There's an area for children of different ages and also space for relaxing and dining. With the design considering children to begin with, any abandoned toys will not disrupt the whole layout.
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4. Make use of vertical space. Chalkboards, climbing walls and buckets of toys can be hung from garden walls and fences, making them less visually obtrusive in a small garden.
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7. Use one surface material. If you have multifunctional areas, use one material to unify the spaces. “Small spaces need that cohesion,” says Arthur, who designed this 17-foot by 25-foot space for a family with small children. A separate play zone keeps the kids close by while the parents are entertaining, and the continuous paving ties it all together. Radford goes even further, suggesting using the same material that’s found elsewhere on the property. For one of his backyard projects, he used the same paving material as in the front entryway. “It created a unified space that made it seem bigger,” he says.
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Easy addition. If you aren’t sure about installing a sandbox, a portable one is an option. This home has a green froggy sandbox atop backyard tiles. During playtime, the lid hangs from the side of the garage. This type of sandbox is great if you don’t have a place for an in-ground box or aren’t sure you want to commit to one. Share: Do you have a portable sandbox?
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. Pay attention to scale. If you’ve got a small backyard, the last thing you want to do is cram in a 10-person dining table. Instead, consider built-ins or extendable tables. Likewise, you won’t want to plant a tree that’s going to grow to 100 feet tall and completely overtake your yard. Here Radford smartly worked in small, native plants and grasses to keep an open feel.