If you pick up any home and garden magazine, or flip through the home and garden channels on TV, you’ll notice the trend in outdoor living structure design has evolved to include hardscapes.
Nowadays homeowners want their outdoor projects to provide varied function. Homeowners also want their finished outdoor living spaces to reflect a “total effect” which is often achieved through the use of patio hardscape materials and wood, or hardscape materials and composite. Adding a hardscape space to your outdoor living area will add depth, texture and rustic appeal. By mingling the natural elements hardscapes provide to the scenario you also create a tactile feature that you can feel and see.
Paver patio with stacked stone outdoor kitchen
We have compiled an idea list of outdoor living combination spaces that combine hardscape variables such as concrete, stone and pavers to open the door to your imagination.
Combining your wood outdoor structure with a hardscape
A wooden deck that spills into a patio will provide beauty and more room for entertaining and larger scale outdoor activities. Wood and brick look phenomenal together. The natural look of wood combined with the vintage look of pavers produce a powerful punch in outdoor spaces. You can achieve dramatic results by adding a paver pathway off your deck that leads to a location of easy access. By just adding a paver feature, even a small one, you can amplify the aesthetic of your entire outdoor space.
Wood decks and patios go hand-in-hand for form and function
Composite deck and hardscape combinations
Combining a composite deck with a hardscape outdoor space will provide low maintenance benefits on many levels. Both synthetic materials and hardscape materials require minimal maintenance. Less maintenance means more time to enjoy your space. Another added benefit to combining synthetics with hardscapes is longevity of your outdoor space. Plus they look fabulous together in any genre of outdoor design!
Patio and composite deck combination
Using natural stone in or around your outdoor space
Natural stone such as flagstone looks great in any setting. Imagine using stone for your covered porch floor. Natural stone stays cool underfoot in the summer and speaks volumes about the quality of your outdoor space. We can even design a custom outdoor kitchen or or outdoor fireplace in your space that uses natural stone elements as the primary material.
Open porch with natural stone floor and stacked stone facade
Concrete is a solid choice in hardscape outdoor designs
Concrete can be used to create a beautiful hardscape space. By using various decorative techniques to the concrete such as stain and score or stain and seal, you can enhance the beauty of the concrete. Stain and score concrete combines staining the concrete and adding a pattern. This pattern can mimics the look of cobblestone pavers. Stain and seal uses the same process but without interrupting the texture of the concrete. Stain and seal involves staining and then sealing the concrete. Concrete is less expensive than other hardscape mediums and can provide the same benefits at a fraction of the cost.
If you are considering adding a custom outdoor living space, including a hardscape and patio design, Archadeck of the Piedmont Triad would like to be your building partner. Give us a call for a free consultation at (336) 568-8230, drop us an email or fill out a contact form on this website. We look forward to your call.