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Outdoor Living

Expanding your home’s living space into your backyard is growing in popularity, for good reason. Not only does it increase the value of your home, but allows you to gather with family and guests in a variety of spaces. These outdoor living areas encompass many features such as patios, outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, fire pits, pergolas, seating walls, and much more.

Patio Design

Patios are the foundation of any outdoor living space, and can be designed to any shape, size, or finish to suit any need and style. There are several things to consider when thinking about incorporating a patio into your landscape. One is size, are you looking for an intimate area to primarily enjoy with your family, or a bigger space to accommodate entertaining larger groups? Placement is another consideration, in the past, patios were often placed up against a home, but by moving the patio off the foundation of a house, we can create a feeling of being in the landscape, rather than beside it.

Outdoor patio with grill and fire pit
Backyard patio with grill and fire pit.

Outdoor Kitchens

Are you a year round grill master? Do you love throwing big barbeques? An outdoor kitchen is an excellent way to equip your backyard for entertaining and feeding hungry friends and family. There are a number or decisions to be made regarding outdoor kitchens, including the location for your kitchen, the size requirements, design layout, countertop placement, and the appliances you'll need.

Fire Pits and Fireplaces

A fire feature can provide enjoyment and year-round versatility to your outdoor space. They offer heat, light, and an interactive experience that can really enhance your outdoor living space. After all, there’s nothing quite like sitting beside a fire. Which feature is right for you? A fire pit offers a place to gather around, lending itself perfectly to activities like roasting marshmallows, and tends to provide a more interactive experience. A fireplace isn’t quite the same interactive experience as the open fire of a fire pit, but it gives heat and ambiance, while providing a stunning architectural statement.

Outdoor living space with fire pit and retaining wall.
Outdoor living space with fire pit and retaining wall.


A pergola is a simple structure that can transform your backyard and turn it into an outdoor living space you can’t wait to enjoy. They add a bold architectural focal point, and create a shady space you’re sure to enjoy on a hot sunny day.

Seat Walls

Yet another element with a wide range of shapes, sizes and finishes, a seat wall can be built to compliment any outdoor living space. Seat walls are a wonderful union of form and function, offering a welcoming fixture for entertaining, and a beautiful, strong, and solid element to any landscape.

More Outdoor Living Examples

Backyard patio with stone pavers and fire pit.
Backyard patio with stone pavers, fire pit, and outdoor lighting.
Outdoor living area with pergola, grill, and bar.
Outdoor living area with pergola, grill, and bar.