Decorating & Design
May 2, 2015
Backyard Patio Design Ideas
Have a backyard in need of a makeover? We’ve got Before & After photos from Techo-Bloc to inspire your next patio design!
Techo-Bloc offers stones for everything from patios and driveaways to outdoor walls and the exterior of your home. Love the outdoor kitchen trend we featured in our May issue? Techo-Bloc also has outdoor pizza ovens, firepits and a grilling/barbecue island.
In its previous state, this yard wasn’t very useful for the homeowners. The young couple wanted a bold, original space that would allow them to host large family gatherings, but would also be comfortable for a smaller group of friends. Do you #SeeThePotential?
The spacious backyard now functions as an incredible extension to their home!
3 KEY DESIGN TIPS
1. Create Zones
By dividing the backyard into sections, they were able to create a clearly defined outdoor living room, dining room and lounge. When large groups visit, they can wander freely through the whole space, and smaller groups can stay in one area. The sunk-in design makes the firepit area feel cosy.
2. Choose Great Materials
Key to this look: The smart stone choices. Travertina slabs were used for the main pathways. The matte ivory-coloured limestone features subtle markings atop which add texture and character. To make the look less formal, they spaced out smaller slabs and filled the gaps with rocks. Consult residential and commercial landscape maintenance experts for any landscaping and tree trimming concerns.
Low walls — which double as benches — in the Manchester stone contrast with the lighter stone floors. In this sunk-in lounge and dining area, they went with complementary Blu polished slabs in Chestnut Brown and a band of the smaller Antika stone in Chocolate Brown to highlight the firepit. Speaking of firepits…
3. Consider An Outdoor Firepit
Stay warm by the fire on cooler nights — outdoors! The family chose a gas-burning Valencia firepit and surrounded it by Techo-Bloc stone benches. Here at H&H we’ve seen the firepit trend grow and featured it in our upcoming June issue.