How to Make Your Small Yard Look Bigger

by c21commonweath_ldowling 31. January 2018 10:00

Realtors often say that kitchens and bathrooms are what sell homes, but what about yards? A home’s backyard may not be the first thing prospective buyers think about, but it can make a big impression. Home buyers, especially those with young children and pets, often enjoy picturing themselves spending time in their new backyard. A scenic yard can also appeal to home buyers who want a space for outdoor entertaining.

If you’re selling a home with a small yard, you may be worried that the limited space will be a downside for buyers. However, with some creative staging, you can show buyers just how much you can do with the available space.

Here are five landscaping tips for small yards to get you started:

Define Spaces in Your Yard By Their Use

Visually defining separate areas in your yard can make the space look larger than it is. For example, laying out a stone patio will define a space for dining outside and gathering with friends, while placing a bench and a partial border of container plants by a shady tree could define a peaceful reading nook. Different materials (such as a wooden deck, gravel border, and stone path) can help you visually segment your yard.

Connect Your Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

Making your house and your yard feel like one cohesive space is another great way to create the illusion of a larger yard. Try adding a flower bed, brightly colored potted plants, or shrubs close to the yard’s entryway so that visitors are drawn to the space while they’re inside your home. When choosing patio furniture and outdoor decor, try to tie everything together with the aesthetic of your home.

Make Your Side Yard Part of Your Landscape Plan

You may see your side yard as nothing more than empty space between your home and your neighbor’s, but when you make an effort to stage it and connect it with your backyard, buyers will take note. A narrow side yard is an excellent space for a raised herb garden, a vertical garden, or even a cafe table and set of chairs that could become part of an intimate breakfast nook.

Add a Curved Pathway

Curved pathways are an especially good option for backyards that are long but narrow, as they make the most of the space and invite visitors to meander. By adding a curved stone path that cuts diagonally across your yard, you’ll draw visitors’ eyes along that diagonal and make your outdoor space look bigger than it is. You can also brighten the space by choosing light-colored stones for your path.

Choose Features That Draw Eyes Up

Use features such as tall but narrow shrubs, vertical gardens, and archways or trellises wrapped in vines to bring visitors’ eyes upwards and make your space feel limitless. If you’re not planning to sell your home for several years but want to start improving the appearance of the yard now, you may also want to plant several trees that grow up more than out, such as upright witch hazels, serviceberry trees, or conifers.