Are you looking for hardscaping ideas to make your Outdoor Living area the best it can be? As you have already figured out, not all outdoor living areas are created equal! Some add hardscape ideas that make them stand out in design and usefulness.
Here we offer five unique hardscape ideas to make your outdoor living space more enjoyable year-round! If at any point you want to talk with us about implementing one of these ideas, or your own ideas, click the button below! Let’s jump right into the first idea.
Hardscape Ideas: Creative Paver Pattern
You do not have to have the best hardscape ideas to have a very beautiful outdoor space to enjoy. To help in making your outdoor living area the sweet spot of the neighborhood, find a talented hardscape contractor who can install a custom inlay or unique pattern.
Concrete paver and natural stone patio offerings have expanded dramatically in the last few years. New, more saturated colors can create vivid contrasts. New paver dimensions and shapes can lend themselves to creating stunning patterns for your new outdoor living space.
The best part is that some custom paver inlays can be installed without adding a lot of extra expense. Still unsure about what pavers are or whether you want them? We found this to be a helpful place to start.
Hardscape Ideas: Lighting for Your Hardscape Patio
If you’ve invested in a paver or flagstone patio, chances are you’ll want to relax there in the evenings with friends or perhaps your spouse. Picture yourself sitting out on a warm summer evening as the stars appear and the crickets are chirping. And you whip out your phone and turn on the flashlight so you can find your drink… doesn’t that ruin the ambiance?
Include some lighting in your new hardscape patio design both for safety and to extend the hours that you can use your patio. LED lighting is efficient and is available in every style, including classic, craftsman, modern, and whimsical!
If lighting doesn’t fit into your budget immediately, ask your hardscape contractor if you can make preparation to add lighting later. Strategically placing conduit can save hundreds of dollars later when installing a low-voltage landscape lighting system.
Hardscape Ideas: Seating for your new Patio
Many patios or outdoor living areas include seating areas.
Some backyards require retaining walls to create a level area for a patio; many times, a creative hardscape designer can alter the design so that the retaining walls can also function as additional seating.
Seating walls are a perfect place to add LED lighting to create a warm, welcoming area.
Hardscape Ideas: Add Shade to your Hardscape Patio
If your patio is situated on the southern or western side of your home, a lack of shade can render your outdoor living area unusable for much of the year. Certain trees work well to add shade, with the added benefit of providing habitat for wildlife.
Combine that with a pavilion over part of the patio to extend your outdoor living season into, well… all four seasons of the year! You have protection from both the blazing sun and rain and by simply adding an outdoor heater or fire feature, you can even enjoy outdoor living in the winter!
Another option for more shade is a Pergola built into your paver patio design. A pergola provides dappled shade and can create a dramatic focal point in your backyard. Many pergolas are available with retractable canopies, which offer additional shade and protection from the rain.
Hardscape Ideas: Multiple levels and Raised Patios
Some sites work best with the patio with just one level, particularly if handicap accessibility is a concern. However, a multi-level patio can offer several distinct advantages.
If the site has a great deal of slope, creating multiple levels can reduce the need for railings or retaining wall reinforcements. A spacious patio can be divided into distinct areas, such as a kitchen, dining area, and perhaps a hot tub.
Consider adding a sunken fire pit area to create a cozy space to relax! Installing your kitchen one step higher than the patio allows a kitchen counter to serve as a counter space, yet be a bar height on the side of the patio. A counter height is typically 34-36”, and a bar height is approximately 40-42”.
Be cautious not to make each area of the patio too small, as that can reduce the usable area and make your patio feel much smaller than it actually is!
Bring your own Hardscaping Ideas
Most of all, bring your hardscape ideas to the table and ask your hardscaping contractor what it would take to incorporate those into the design. There are countless ways to add detail and usefulness to your Outdoor Living Space with the right design. Below, you can contact us for all of your hardscaping needs!