Biophilic design is a trend in landscape architecture and interior design that seeks to incorporate elements of nature into the built environment. This can be achieved through the use of natural materials, such as wood and stone, and the incorporation of plants and other elements of the natural world into the design of the space.
The popularity of biophilic design has grown in recent years as more and more people seek to create a sense of connection to the natural world in their daily lives. Studies have shown that exposure to nature can have a positive impact on mental health and well-being, and incorporating elements of nature into the built environment can help to promote these benefits.
Nobody wants landscaping that requires excessive care, but you must accept that every landscape requires regular care. When one acknowledges this and commits to giving their landscaping the minimum necessary care on a regular basis, they will be rewarded with reduced maintenance over the long run.
To minimize the work of landscape maintenance, it is imperative to start with a solid foundation. This includes a design that organizes plants for a beautiful display while also respecting their horticultural requirements. It also demands that before those plants are installed, there is a plan to provide the cultural conditions that will allow the plants to thrive, rich soil, proper drainage, and supplemental watering.
Fire Pits and Outdoor Fireplaces
One reason for the popularity of outdoor fire pits and fireplaces is the opportunity they provide for people to gather and socialize in a warm and comfortable setting. As the weather gets cooler, many people look for ways to enjoy the outdoors without feeling chilled. A fire pit or fireplace can provide the perfect solution, allowing people to gather around the flames and share stories, laughs, and good company.
Not everyone has the space or budget for a swimming pool or a reflecting water element, but nearly every backyard can accommodate a fire pit or one of its fire feature cousins. If you have not considered a fire pit, you may not be aware of the options available to suit your budget, space, frequency of use, necessary maintenance, associated outdoor living spaces, and style.
Among the most desired are sunken fire pits that magically disappear when not in use. A durable metal or similar cover conceals it after the fire is completely exhausted. The cover should be strong enough to withstand the weight of at least one person and any furniture or decorative planters used to further conceal it.