I wonder, what image comes into your mind if I were to ask you what a transitional and contemporary landscaping design looks like to you?
Would an image of an austere space with steel and glass pop into your mind? Maybe with minimalist design, straight lines, light colors and lights integrated within that image too?
That might very well be an accurate description of that “modern” trend, but it needn’t be as plain as that though. A “modern” or “contemporary” design to me includes a translation of global issues and challenges fused with traditional aspects of landscape design.
The contemporary part would consider the environment and the impact a garden will have on it. For instance, that design might prefer water consumption aware plants and design techniques to expansive lawns. The use of modern energy efficient and law voltage LED lights to tungsten, and the incorporation of water features into the design.
Other modern integrations into the landscape design might include an audio system distribution, wifi enabled and computer controlled smart irrigation systems that test the soil and decide how much water is needed at that particular moment. This will ensure that no water is wasted and is used in an optimal fashion, and a lighting system that adjusts to the ambient light.
Areas used by people are given a high priority in the design stage. They are the areas most used after all, and these hardscape areas will utilize a mix of material to suit the design ethos and might include marble, wood, steel, water and other elements to answer that design need.
Let’s not forget the plants. In contemporary design, functional selection of plants outweigh just the beauty aspects. Trees will be chosen to offer focal points in the design as well as the required shade, especially in our arid Bahraini climate. Shrubs need to be chosen and installed appropriately as well and long grasses will be used to soften the edges of the design.
Overall, we’ll also ensure that maintenance requirements are kept to the minimum too. We recognize that families now have to spend countless hours at work and the last thing they want to do is take from their relaxation hours and put them into garden maintenance.
The landscape will be designed with the idea that a garden is an extension of the house. It too is a livable space; hence, it will offer a natural bridge between the inside and the outside of the house. It is a room without a ceiling after all.
The garden is designed for the whole family to use and enjoy, so sitting and play areas should be clearly visible and inviting, not be hidden away in back lots and corners.
With this in mind, we know that our contemporary landscape design will benefit all, and be of utility to them too for a very long time to come.
So you see, a contemporary design reflects the practicality of your vision and style. It’s flexible and customisable to its users’ needs and vision to be used and enjoyed.