With so much variety in modern hardscaping, it can be challenging to pin down precisely what you want for your backyard. Discover the most sought-after current patio trends right now.
Outdoor Living Space
Don’t spend sunny days cooped up indoors just because that’s where your main living area is. One of the most popular patio styles is the full outdoor living space. You can install a gazebo, adorn it with stylish outdoor garden furniture, add a TV and decorate it with cushions, lighting and planters.
Match the Driveway, Pathways and Patio
When every aspect of a design is coordinated, the final result is striking and professional. If you opt for a patio in the backyard, consider installing a matching pathway and mirroring the design in the front yard. For example, if you choose to have a patterned brick border on your patio, you could incorporate the same design into retaining walls, sitting walls, paths, firepits and any other paved area.
Outdoor Kitchen and Bar
Growing in popularity each year is the outdoor kitchen. There’s no finer way to enjoy a meal than fresh from a grill in the great outdoors. If you love to barbecue, take it to the next stage and create a dedicated cooking area into your outdoor space. It’s possible to get a fully working kitchen with appliances, running water and storage. You can even install a separate bar area, giving you the ultimate space for alfresco entertainment.
Natural Stone Firepits
Our team members love showing off their craftsmanship by creating beautiful centerpieces, like firepits and sitting walls. A firepit can be inside the outdoor living area or a standalone feature in the yard. Not only do they look stunning, but they also mean you can comfortably enjoy the outdoors when the weather is cooler.
Combine Decking and Patio Pavers
If you’re looking to create a substantial feature, you can combine a deck with a patio. This can be visually impressive, as well as clearly defining the different areas. The deck might lead you from the house to the front porch, with steps leading down to a paved pathway. You could opt to build a patio in the sunniest spot in the garden and adorn it with sun loungers, so the path takes you to this designated sunbathing zone.
For many people, their landscape designs influence their vision for the ideal hardscaping features. If flower beds are important to you, you can add extra dimensions to your backyard by using retaining walls. They can be particularly useful for people whose outdoor space is on an incline or at the bottom of a hill. Cascading plants and climbers look beautiful with this type of design, as do neatly arranged flowers.
Popular Hardscape Shapes and Patterns
The way you arrange each stone has a significant impact on the visual impact the finished patio has. You can choose a uniform, singular pattern for a simple look or use modular designs for a more dynamic, contemporary finish. Adding a border brings a new dimension to the laying pattern, drawing attention to flower beds and clearly defining the paver shapes you’ve chosen. Some of the classic paving patterns to choose from include:
- Running bond
- Dutch pattern
- Tudor pattern
- Broken bond