The design phase is when most of the key decisions will be made for the construction of redwood garden structures. There’s a lot to figure out, but Humboldt Redwood is here to help with a quick guide to redwood design.
What to Consider Before Building Redwood Garden Structures
Once you compare redwood garden structures and decide on the best project for your outdoor space the next step is to begin nailing down the design elements. The primary considerations a homeowner needs to take into account when designing a garden structure, include:
- Decide how you want to use the garden structure. How you plan to use the structure will inform whether it is open or enclosed as well as many other design considerations. If you plan to build a garden shed for storing tools and potting soil, an enclosed structure is recommended. If you want to enjoy the great outdoors, an open structure allowing for fresh air and sunshine to filter in is your best bet.
- Think about the size and shape of your garden structure. Two of the most important considerations are the size and shape of your garden structure. If you have a large backyard (or front yard for that matter), you generally have more freedom when it comes to size. If you are working with a smaller area you will want to make sure your garden structure is proportional to the size of the space. Either way, you can always play with the shape of the structure to make it interesting or unique and also maximize the space you have available.
- Decide whether you want to take advantage of the sun or maximize the shade. Depending on the climate where you live and the amount of tree cover and foliage in your yard, you may choose to maximize the sun exposure of your garden structure. Climbing plants and vines love sunshine, so positioning your redwood arbor or trellis in a sunny spot in your yard will help your plants thrive. If you enjoy reading, resting, or entertaining in the shade, a gazebo is probably your best option.
- Don’t forget to make the design your own. If you enjoy a glass of wine after a long day at work, you might want to consider adding built-in benches or seating to your redwood garden structure. If you want to brighten your space in the evenings, think about adding LED or solar lights to your structure. If you are constantly looking for storage areas for toys, grilling accessories, or your gardening gloves, think about adding a hidden storage area underneath a planter box or bench.
What to Consider Before Building Redwood Planters
Redwood planters are a must-have for garden lovers everywhere! Though they are simpler in design, you can still benefit from getting plans laid out beforehand. During the design phase:
- Consider which shape suits your style and space best. The design possibilities are endless when it comes to garden planters. It’s about more than personal preference – the shape can affect its functionality and your ability to work it into the landscape.
- Choose the plants that you want to grow. This will determine whether the planters need to be placed in an area with full, partial or little sunlight.
- Decide where the planters will fit best. Do you envision them being standalone structures or will they be incorporated as an element of a larger structure?
- Determine the maximum space available for your redwood planters. This is especially important if you are building multiple redwood garden structures at once and are limited on space. You can always scale the planters down, but going larger could prove to be a challenge if not accounted for during the design phase.
Planter boxes like those offered by Humboldt Redwood take a lot of the guesswork out of the design phase. Our kits come pre-assembled; they are ready to use right out of the box!
When it comes time to build a redwood garden structure it’s important to use quality wood and fully understand what’s required to make the project a success. All homeowners can take part in designing their redwood structures, but if you aren’t comfortable handling the build by yourself it’s best to get help from pros.
Humboldt Redwood offers tips on building redwood garden structures, selecting the right grade of redwood and more. We encourage you to check out this helpful advice and the videos while you’re putting your design plan together.