As we discussed last week, a good design is a key factor in determining the success of a landscape. In the planning process, your designer will experiment with different ideas and lay-outs to find the one that best fits your needs and wants. The design possibilities are only limited by your imagination (and maybe your budget!), but there are some basic components that are included in many successful designs. Obviously, you'll want to include features that add visual interest to your living space, but go beyond the visual and consider other senses as well – the senses of smell, hearing, touch and taste. Adding elements that appeal to the senses will give you a space that you'll enjoy through all the seasons for years to come. Let's explore some of the possibilities!
Firepit constructed from Keystone Country Manor Wall block.
Natural stone firepit.
Firepit from Belgard's new line of Harmony Outdoor Elements.
For areas with more space (and a higher budget), an outdoor fireplace is very appealing. This feature can become the dominant feature in your outdoor living space by virtue of its size, so you'll want to carefully evaluate the style and type of material you choose. As with a firepit, you can utilize a variety of products to finish a fireplace including natural stone, such as a flagstone, fieldstone or stacked stone, a manufactured stone or masonry products.
Fireplace with woodboxes from Belgard's new Harmony Outdoor Elements line.
A fire table from Belgard's new line of Harmony Outdoor Elements.
The soothing sound of water adds another relaxing feature to an outdoor living space. Water can be incorporated in any number of ways – perhaps you're drawn to the sound of a waterfall flowing into a koi pond…
or a stream through your patio…
or a bubbling rock…
A water feature from Belgard's new line of Harmony Outdoor Elements.
Fire and water together are a great combination!
The addition of a water feature, in whatever form it may take, can bring a tremendous amount of enjoyment and beauty to your landscape.
Seating "benches" constructed with Keystone's Celtic Wall.
Outdoor cooking area made with Belgard's Celtik Wall.
Natural stone outdoor kitchen.
A Chicago Brick Oven installed using Belgard's Harmony Outdoor Elements.
There are many more possibilities to explore when designing your outdoor living space:
- Do you want to incorporate elevation changes to add depth to your space?
- Do you want a covered area with either a pergola or a solid covering, perhaps allowing for a ceiling fan?
- Do you want to add small "garden" areas into your patio to break it up and add color and texture?
Your outdoor living space is a reflection of you and your taste – it pays to take the time to explore your options and find the elements that work best for you!