Decoding the crux of landscaping
By Hemil Parikh, Founder, Elysium Abodes LLP
Landscaping forms an important part of grooming a home. The lush greenery that backgrounds our home casts an enchanted spell over the person that is living in it and it enhances the enjoyable experience of living in the house. As it is generally believed, the first impression is the last impression, it holds true in cases where the landscaping replicates the taste and love and care that the homeowner has for his home.
The absolute pleasure of getting up early in the morning and witnessing the beauty of the landscaped garden is undeniably enthralling. There is hardly any doubt that a home that has a landscaped garden is not only an asset to the homeowner but also gives a good resale value of the house rises noticeably with a good lawn.
Landscaping creates a restful and tranquil outdoor living area for your family to enjoy for many years to come. The balance between the hardscapes, soft-scapes and the built forms essentially aid in enhancing the quality of a space and making it more probable to be a benefit rather than a burden on the landscape or the exterior environment.
Landscapes should not be just restricted up to the structure or the plinth level. Extension of the landscape into the interiors makes the structure porous with green scapes acting like the needed agents to achieve the best connection with nature and the outdoor environment.
Indoor landscaping emphasizes mainly on bringing along the natural and raw look of nature to the doorstep of every space. These also aid in maintaining the climate of the interiors thus making it efficiently cooler or warmer as required thereby reducing the strain on the environment by limited use of artificial gadgets.
Types of landscapes:
Green gardens – These are usually full lush green plantations or flowers planted in a space with plentiful light and ventilation mostly in the courtyards of bunglows or any interior space with proper source of light. These help to keep the atmosphere fresh and energetic along with a cool fresh ambience.
Stone Scaping – The stone landscaping or the stone gardens are an imperative part of Japanese landscapes and are used all over the world in order to create alike ambience spaces. In this type of scaping, the amount of green spaces is less and is chiefly covered with various stone tiles or pebbles. These are generally created in courtyards of bunglows, entrance lobbies, extended bedrooms, etc. where they can be easily connected with the exterior environment.
Indoor and outdoor water scapes – These are generally small channels of water used to create a feeling of motion in the interiors. Water scapes are generally used to create a feeling of motion in the interiors and exteriors. Water plants or other apt plantations are also added to uplift the beauty of the space by giving it an energetic and richer ambience. These can be extended vertically on walls in the form watercourses rolling down or small indoor waterfalls that can connect with ponds or streams below and also can also be located near the living areas. The stream can also run along the lobbies thus making the space look livelier.
If you have too many earthy elements to your outdoor spaces and nothing that flows, all you need is a water feature. Outdoor fountains and cascade are popular water features that offer a persistent peaceful sound of running water.
Turf installation – Nothing drags an outside area faster than dead or sparse grass. Fresh grass will make your plot look attractive, and once you are permitted to walk on it, you will find it to be a great place to sit and read with your friends or to play with your kids. Also, the smell of fresh green grass is sufficient to bring a smile on anyone’s face on warm mornings.
It is quite imperative to note that landscaping is not only designed for homes but for many other places that also have green spaces. It is more than just the decoration of our homes and hence there is a need to uplift its value. It plays an important role in improving the quality of our surroundings. It is one of the cost-effective tools useful in improving and sustaining the quality of life, wherever you stay.