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May 23, 2023

How to bring your ADU to life!

Adu Landscaping

When it comes to landscaping your ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit), where do you even start?

You already spent all the time and effort to pick the style, construct and decorate and make the perfect spot. So how do you make the outside as beautiful as the inside?  There are a few things to keep in mind to create an inviting and functional outdoor space that is on the same level as your indoor design.

One key consideration is to choose plants and features that are well-suited to the size and scale of your ADU. For example, if your ADU is relatively small, you may want to avoid planting large trees or shrubs that could overwhelm the space and undo all of your hard work to make the perfect architectural decisions.

Another important factor to consider is the overall style and aesthetic of your ADU. If your ADU has a modern, minimalist design, you may want to opt for simple, low-maintenance landscaping that complements the clean lines and simple geometry of the structure. On the other hand, if your ADU has a more traditional or rustic style, you may want to incorporate more natural elements, such as stone pathways or wooden trellises, wildflowers or other more uncontained styles.

Everyone loves patios or outdoor seating areas and ADUs are the perfect fit for these. A great place to relax and enjoy the outdoors, while also serving as an extension of your living space, consider adding a bench, chair, or small table. You may also want to add some potted plants or flowers to add a touch of color and natural beauty to the space.

Native plants and drought-resistant species are a must as they require less water and care than other plants. You may also want to consider incorporating edible plants, such as herbs or vegetables, which can add beauty and functionality to your ADU landscape.

Finally, don't forget about the importance of lighting!  Well-placed outdoor lighting can not only enhance the beauty and functionality of your outdoor space, but can also improve safety and security. Properly placed you can add just the right highlights to your ADU, making it stand out in the best way.  Concerned about making your way in the dark? Consider adding path lights or solar-powered spotlights to illuminate walkways and highlight landscaping features.

Overall, the best landscaping for your ADU is one that reflects your personal style, meets your functional needs, and complements the design and scale of your structure. With a little creativity and planning, you can create a beautiful and inviting outdoor space that enhances your ADU and adds value to your property.

Ready to bring your ADU landscape to life?  Call us for a complimentary consultation!

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