“Outdoor BONUS Room” ~ Creative Landscape Design Ideas

“Outdoor BONUS Room” ~ Creative Landscape Design Ideas

Turning a challenging aspect of a landscape into a focal point of a design is often time very rewarding. The end result often times looks like it was meant to be, we love when that happens.

The small boulder wall creates a grade change along with the chilton flagging for the patio create a more relaxed and informal feel to this room under the deck. The sweet hammock goes along way in making this an awesome oasis.

“Outdoor Bonus Room” ~ An often over looked space in the landscape that can provide a great return on design value is the space under the deck! If you are building a new deck or have an existing deck the area under it will need to be considered. Most of the time it is covered with rock or mulch and left alone. If you plan to complete yourself or hire a design professional make sure you consider a couple of factors: Head room – 7′ is a good minimum height for useable space; Drainage – always make sure you create a positive flow away from the house; Planting Soil – if you plan on gardening you will need to amend the soil and work to negate the compaction due to deck construction. When working on your landscape master plan make sure to create an “Outdoor Bonus Room” under the deck. Cheers!

Incorporating the space under the deck can make the maintenance that much easier. The space can be delightful and pleasing to look at as part of the landscape.

Incorporating the space under the deck can make the maintenance that much easier. The space can be delightful and pleasing to look at as part of the landscape.

Interlocking concrete pavers used for the patio under this deck make the space extremely functional. The above decking provides shade and a great place to take a break during gardening.

Interlocking concrete pavers used for the patio under this deck make the space extremely functional. The above decking provides shade and a great place to take a break during gardening.

The custom made trellis and the planting bed further create the feeling of an outdoor garden room under the deck.

The custom made trellis and the planting bed further create the feeling of an outdoor garden room under the deck.

The space under the deck can become some of the most beautiful space in the yard. The perfect place to add a place to sit and relax. On a hot day this shade garden under the deck is just an awesome spot to take a break.

The space under the deck can become some of the most beautiful space in the yard. The perfect place to add a place to sit and relax. On a hot day this shade garden under the deck is just an awesome spot to take a break.

Gardening under the deck... sure! it's aperfect place for a shade garden! This deck is on the side of the house and makes a wonderful place for a secrete garden. A perfect place to get away from it all and just relax.

Gardening under the deck… sure! it’s aperfect place for a shade garden! This deck is on the side of the house and makes a wonderful place for a secrete garden. A perfect place to get away from it all and just relax.

The content of this blog was originally shared on the Hometalk page of Switzer’s Nursery & Landscaping.

By Glenn! Switzer ~ Sr. Landscape Designer at Switzer’s Nursery & Landscaping, Inc. Northfield, MN

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2 Responses to “Outdoor BONUS Room” ~ Creative Landscape Design Ideas

  1. Hi.. You have post really beautiful pics of landscaping. This will really help me to design my landscape area. Your designing ideas and basic suggestions are really amazing. I am really looking for landscaping designing ideas and suggestions for my garden area.

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