Townhouse backyard ideas – 10 designer-approved schemes to max out your space

1. Introduce Relaxed, Natural Style

One of the big trends in townhouse backyard design is a move away from the rigidity of modernism, with its clean lines, stark contrasts and orderly plantings, to a renewed appreciation for the joy of organic shapes and textures.

2. Rework A Townhouse Deck Into A Calming Space

Muted colors like beiges, tans, and whites are perfect for creating a calming and soothing atmosphere in your backyard. They are a great choice for an outdoor living room if you're also looking for on-trend deck ideas too.

3. Make The Most Of A Townhouse Patio

When it comes your patio area, no matter how limited your space is, with careful and creative planning you can work out a way to include a separate outdoor kitchen and dining area, as well as a relaxation zone, as part of your townhouse backyard ideas.

4. Get Creative With Privacy Screening

One of the biggest concerns for owners of townhouse backyards is privacy. If your neighbor’s outdoor space is only a stone’s throw from your own, it can be difficult to feel like your space is your own.

5. Create A Day-To-Night Entertaining Space

'One of the top requests for townhouse backyards amongst our clients is room to entertain,' says Yardzen's Allison Messner. 'They want amenities in their yard that transition their outdoor spaces from day to night. This includes long dining tables for large groups, outdoor bars, pizza ovens, and heaters.' Plus of course a fire pit to gather round.

6. Attach A Pergola To Your Townhouse For Outdoor Dining

One of the most important ideas to get right is setting up a pleasant outdoor dining area. If your townhouse backyard is a little on the snug side or alternatively sunbaked to the degree it can often be too hot for dining outside consider reconfiguring a previously under-utilized space with a simple pergola idea.

7. Keep Your Townhouse Backyard Lawn-Free

Clipped lawns are being replaced more and more by sustainable garden ideas like no-mow wildflower meadows, massed planting beds and textured hard landscaping that can add a smart touch to a paved backyard. A no-grass backyard is also ideal if you’re looking for a low-maintenance design, especially when combined with drought-tolerant planting ideas.

8. Green Up The Exterior Of A Townhouse With Planting

You really can never have enough plants in your townhouse backyard. The good news is that the trend for minimal and clipped planting designs is at last being superseded by a more relaxed and natural approach to greening up your space and turning it into an oasis.

9. Use Landscaping Creatively To Maximize Space

Designers often pull together a look by blurring the lines that separate indoor and outdoor spaces to ensure flow. This is even more important in urban courtyard designs where everything is in closer proximity so has to work much harder.

10. Squeeze In A Plunge Pool

When it comes to townhouse backyards, the dream is, of course, all about adding a pool to your design. If space is tight it's not a problem with a plunge design, which takes up less space than more traditional pool ideas, and they can also help to make a backyard look more expensive.

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