Ever look in your backyard and wonder if you could make it better? Maybe you are thinking about adding some plants or trees or even a water feature in a pond.
“Upgrading the outdoor living area is becoming more important than ever,” says Todd Sparby of Landscaper. “Homeowners are finding ways to enjoy their homes and yards in more ways and definitely with more satisfaction.”
“It’s a trend that has been building the past few years,” says Sparby. “It seems people are spending more time at home and want their surroundings to be functional, stylish and distinctive.”
Distinctive Ideas That Rock!
There are endless ways, many inexpensive, to uplift your home, both inside and out. For example, decorative paving stones create a unique environment for enjoying your home and provide a look that sets your home apart. Installing planters, seat walls made from decorative stone, and a small waterfall made for backyards gives you a quiet, tranquil space within which to relax.
Other areas where stone can add distinction to you home include:
- Add stone borders and accents to your driveway, walkways, and patios for that extra special look;
- Entrances to yards or homes are perfect places to install stone or brick;
- Create an outdoor fireplace, even add an outdoor kitchen for another place to cook and grill!
- Installing a brick or stone patio, or raising your patio, defines your outdoor space;
- Enhancing steps, walkways, and swimming pool decks with beautifully crafted stone designs greatly improves the look and feel of usable outdoor spaces.
Working with an expert outdoor space designer, you can create the perfect space to relax in after work and with friends.
There are so many options available today to create that perfect outdoor space, making it an extension of your home, almost like adding another room. “Creating an area in stone allows you to incorporate a variety of ideas that make your space uniquely yours,” says Sparby.“For example, the wide range of colors and textures give you the chance to create patterns and a feel that only you can build and only you will have. The visual can be a work of art and, built with such durable materials, it will be in place for a long, long time.”
Many homeowners will incorporate natural stone and other items into their outdoor and backyard design. Frequently these materials are only available locally and are indigenous to the region. It gives your outdoor space a nice touch when you use resources unique to a particular location.
“Other simple ideas that add a lot to any patio, entry area or walkway are planters, pillars or curved walls. They can have a variety of colors, textures, patterns and designs,” shares Sparby,” They definitely add style and create a feel no other home will have.”
Another design feature is putting your patio areas on an entirely new plane, literally! You can build a multi level patio. In addition to adding depth and style, a multi level patio creates specialized areas on your patio for visiting, food preparation, and games or recreation.
Standing the Test of Time
“Homeowners have often told me long after the installation, their patio has become a focal point in their yard and sometimes in their neighborhood,” Sparby adds. “Cookouts and general good times often are the result of a patio like this and they last. There is little maintenance required. And, no matter what the weather is, they look great all of the time. Most homeowner’s tell me their stone treatment exceeds their expectations both in function and visual impact.”
So whether you have a limited budget or a large one, adding accents, special stone or brick, even installing a multi level patio, making spaces outside of your home extra special is a good investment that will last for years to come.