In recent years, outdoor living spaces have grown more and more sophisticated. Many property owners aren’t looking for a simple outdoor space any more and choose to incorporate structures like these into their outdoor living spaces:
These structures may be made of wood, steel, aluminum, and other materials, according to your wishes and budget.
The patio has long been a cornerstone of landscape design. Patios will serve to support grills, tables, chairs, and other structures, in addition to providing visual interest and durable traffic space. Using materials such as pavers, brick, or flagstone is the best choice for the most durable and long lasting patio.
The sturdy yet open look of a pergola has become a popular addition to the outdoor space. Historically a pergola served as a support for greenery like vines, bougainvillea, and roses. These are still used, but the trend has been toward a bare structure to make the open lattice pattern more prominent. Stained and treated Western red cedar and other woods are often used. However, vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum, and CPVC are also popular for their durability and ease of maintenance.
A major feature for many outdoor areas is the swimming pool. For many, a pool is the gold-medal element of enjoying outdoor living. And options for the backyard pool are almost unlimited. Features like lighting, intricate shapes, foliage and rocks, waterfalls, and even fire features offer options for design to match even the wildest imagination. A well designed pool adds character and intrigue to the entire landscape.
Molding and reshaping softscape (horticultural elements) in the landscaping is relatively easy, but the hardscape is much more durable and permanent and require more forethought. Hardscape elements may include:
- Retaining walls
- Sleeper walls
Besides adding a visual and tactile contrast to the softscape, hardscape is a key to managing the irrigation and soil movement on a property.