From Dean Dowd on March 20, 2008 in Landscaping
It’s your Rancher’s shining feature: all that yard space. More so than with restricted indoor spaces, there’s really no limit to what you can do with your landscaping. With a little creativity, no one can say your Ranch style home lacks personality.
For instance, how many homeowners take advantage of the soothing possibilities of water?
Ranchers are all about flow, and water is the epitome of this quality. Choose something as simple as a birdbath or solar fountain, or install a pond complete with goldfish. Ponds are only about two feet deep, but bring an entirely new ecosystem to your yard for the family to enjoy. If you enjoy nature and animals, get into your element with water plants, smooth river rocks, and surrounding trees and shrubs. With careful installation and regular maintenance, you can take your knitting or reading outdoors, just in time for spring.
Next, light the way to your outdoor haven.
At the same time, forget the complexity of laying down wires. Solar garden lights are simple to move around, require no wiring, and produce a soft glow thats ideal for garden paths, patios and decks, or mood lighting to enhance your new water features and other landscaping focal points. Solar garden lights absorb and store the suns energy during the day, using it to light LEDs at night. And unlike outdated and wasteful incandescents, LEDs last 25 years!
Speaking of focal points, do you have them?
Do you have an outdoor area to relax and enjoy the open spaces your Rancher affords? Quality decks withstand the elements, complement your home, and enrich your outdoor lifestyle. Hardwood decking comes with certification from the FSC to ensure that the trees were responsibly harvested. There are now numerous decking materials to choose from, including ipe, tigerwood, cumaru, and garapa. For a different use of wood, why not create a landscape bridge above your pond or even a river of pebbles? To complete the look, try experimenting with stone, concrete, or brick pavers to create pathways between your deck, garden areas, water features, and household entry point.
Finally, fencing it all in.
Your backyard fence distinguishes your property lines, and out front, the fence can enhance the welcoming feeling of coming home to the place you call your own. At the same time, there are many creative things you can do with these practical and aesthetic borders. A white picket fence, for instance, fits in well with the country sentiment of a Ranch style home. But there are many variations to the white picket, including the use of finials, an undulating pattern, or a stone base. Your fencing material can also vary from masonry walls to protective shrubbery.
Got ideas of your own? Send them our way! In the meanwhile, play with your options, have fun, and enjoy the full potential of your Rancher!