With the mild climate of the Los Angeles area, you can design indoor and outdoor areas year round. Before you start on any DIY design project for your Los Angeles home and garden, make sure you start by thinking things through and ideally sketching out a plan to avoid making costly and disappointing mistakes. To make sure you come up with the best designs for your needs, ask yourself these basic questions to help you decide on what to include and what to avoid.
How will you be using your space?
If this is a practical area, is it easy to access? Is it near to other facilities that may be useful? Will you need light or temperature protection? Los Angeles weather can get quite hot in the summer and downright chilly in the winter. And the strong sun can fade fabrics and paint colors.
Who will be using this space?
Will it get heavy traffic that will need to stand up to regular use? Do you have pets or children that will make safety and cleanliness an issue? Or will the space you are designing be used just for entertainment, company or just for show? Los Angeles lifestyles often involve a lot of going in and out of doors no matter what the season may be.
What kind of designing will fit in best with your lifestyle?
How much maintenance do you want to put into your garden or home design? Can you incorporate eco-friendly materials or techniques? Is there a way to recycle or factor in energy saving? Utility costs are soaring in the Los Angeles area and you might want to consider designs that will keep your bills from escalating.
What are your tastes?
Do you have a favorite style – themes, historic periods, colors or textures? And what do you NOT like? Stick to a limited family of colors, textures or a single theme like Classical Italian, Southwestern or Contemporary. Too many elements in a single space will become confusing and war against each other. Many themes blend in easily with the natural views and climates of different Los Angeles areas.
What is your budget?
(Not the one you wish you had, but the one you’re really willing to spend!) Plan out your design realistically and count on things to cost more, be more complicated and take longer than you expect. It doesn’t always happen that way, but at least you won’t be frustrated if it does.
If you take the time to answer these five questions before you start with your DIY home or garden design project, you are likely to avoid many pitfalls that could keep you from creating the perfect solution for your Los Angeles living space.