How to Create a Private Outdoor Living Space - Tiny House Blog

How to Create a Private Outdoor Living Space

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Tiny homes usually come with equally tiny outdoor spaces. Depending on how you look at it, this can be a great thing — smaller spaces are easier to maintain, and you can make them look spectacular with just a few changes.

However, many outdoor spaces are simply not as private as you might like. It’s hard to feel comfortable sunbathing or reading outdoors when you can see your neighbors peering into your space, or when pedestrians and traffic can see directly into your garden.

But, with a little bit of creativity and some strategic landscaping, you can create a delightful, private outdoor living space for your tiny home.

Find Inspiration

Discovering other people’s designs is one of the best parts of gardening and landscaping. You can spend hours on Pinterest, or can even find shows on PBS and Netflix that are targeted towards tiny homeowners with limited outdoor space.

For example, if you have balcony space that’s looking a little drab, then you can draw inspiration from beautiful balconies that make maximum use of sails, couches, potted plants, and cushions. These features help you make a small outdoor living space feel like an extension of your home, while you still get to enjoy the outdoors.

Alternatively, if you have a garden, then you can watch a show like Big Dreams, Small Spaces, which is currently airing for free on Amazon. By watching gardening shows designed specifically for small gardens, you’ll learn all kinds of tips and tricks to ensure that you make the most of your small outdoor area, and will understand the importance of scale and landscaping.

Landscaping

You might not think that you have the time, space, or energy to start a landscaping project — but even small changes can make a big difference. In particular, you can consider privacy landscaping projects like planting hedging and trees. Or, you can stick to more simple options like bamboo or even potted plants that will act as a green shield for your private space.

However, before you start digging trenches for hedges or planting trees, you need to consider how your privacy landscaping project will affect everything inside of it. For example, a large tree is likely to block out the sun for at least a few hours every day, and hedges will need semi-regular maintenance to look good.

So, before you commit to anything, spend some time in your garden and even map out the space as it will look with your new landscaping features. This will help you identify any issues before it’s too late.

Fencing and Alternatives

Sometimes you just need a good old-fashioned fence to keep prying eyes out from your outdoor living space — and that’s ok. Fences can look great if they are well built, and provide a structure to your garden that can help guide your future projects. They also need far less maintenance than natural landscaping projects and give you an area to do trellis work or to plant climbers.

There are plenty of alternatives to fencing for you to explore. If, for example, you don’t mind an open plan garden, but you want to keep animals out (or in!), then an electric fence with a small amperage works brilliantly. You can even run it along the back of your hedging, or across the small areas where you suspect animals may wander.

Allotments and Community Gardens

Allotments don’t give you access to a private space, but they do allow you to relocate space-intensive gardening projects like flower beds, vegetable patches, and fruit trees. This means that you can dedicate more of your outdoor space to relaxation and leisure, while you still grow sustainable produce in a different site away from your tiny home.

Allotments can be hard to come by depending on where you live. But, you should be able to get in touch with local community organizers who have an ear to the ground and can help you find an open patch. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for “community gardens” — these are the same as allotments, just by a different name.

Remember, too, that you can bring what you grow in your allotment home with you. This allows you to hand choose the flowers that look best and are in full bloom all year round, while most gardeners are stuck looking at shoots and dead petals.

Conclusion

Private outdoor spaces add so much to your tiny home. When they’re done right, you can relax in comfort, and feel as though you’re able to get away from the world — even if you’re only a few feet from your work desk.

So, it’s worth investing some time and money into landscaping like potted plants or even hedges. You can also consider expanding your gardening endeavors into a local allotment or community garden — this allows you to grow all the fruit, veg, and flowers you want without taking up precious space meant for rest and relaxation.

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