The Ultimate Outdoor Design Quiz

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The Ultimate Outdoor Design Quiz
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About This Quiz

Your garden can and should reflect how you feel about your home. Knowing the basics of outdoor living design can help you create the perfect harmony between your indoor and outdoor settings. Before you begin to plan your living spaces, take our quiz and see if you've got the basic knowledge needed to create that outdoor oasis for you and your family.
What basic design principle should you follow when designing your home's outdoor living space?
Pick any style.
Continue the style of your home.
The design of your garden or pool area should complement the architectural style of your home.
Pick your favorite style.

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Which theme should you choose for your outdoor living space?
Choose a fantasy theme.
Choose a Western theme.
It doesn't matter.
It doesn't matter which theme you choose as long as you stick to it.

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What's a good way to get ideas for designing your outdoor living space?
Look at design books.
Visit gardens.
Both of the above.
Cut out pictures from magazines, study design books and visit beautiful gardens to get ideas for your own backyard design.

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Which area of your outdoor living space should be located nearest the house?
the eating area
Choose an area close to the house for functions like eating, reading and cooking. Play and sports areas should be located farther away.
the play area
the fence area

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What should be the focus of your backyard design?
the pool
the view
A nice view is so important that if you don't already have one, you should create one. There are many different techniques for designing a view for your property.
the patio

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Paved surfaces with patterns can be tricky to work out. What is the simplest pattern to choose when using bricks?
basket weave
Choose a simple basket-weave or herringbone pattern for your paved brick surface. Draw a plan to scale to avoid unpleasant surprises later.
diamond square
hexagon

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Which type of plant will grow best in your garden?
oak trees
rhododendron bushes
plants that are native to your region
Native plants are usually the best choice for your home garden. They require less water and tend to attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

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How can you incorporate water effects into your garden design?
Create an artificial pond.
Create an artificial waterfall.
both of the above
Water effects such as ponds and waterfalls add drama and interest to your garden design. The sound of gurgling water is very soothing, as well.

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How can you personalize your outdoor living space?
Keep the shape of the plot in mind.
Keep the natural landscape in mind.
Keep the natural landscape in mind when designing your outdoor living space. Incorporating the feel of your geographical region will add to your sense of place and belonging.
Keep the size of the plot in mind.

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How can you improve the soil conditions of your outdoor site?
Add sprinklers.
Add compost.
Add compost or materials that enhance draining or alter the pH of your soil to make sure that you get the most out of your landscape designs.
Add more plants.

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