Ordinary concrete steppers used in an extraordinary way for anyone with a lawn! Just dig out the turf squares and insert stone... we did this in our TINY beach cottage backyard in California, loved it, want to do it again here in NZ
Soften with Curving Lines Sometimes a problem can be turned into an asset. Rugged terrain determined the gracious, curved shape of this patio. It is easily accessible from the house through French doors. Large windows allow views of the patio to be enjoyed from indoor spaces as well. Lush plantings follow the curves, creating a quiet garden escape.
There are few things more welcoming in an outdoor space than a fire pit. Fortunately, these amenities come in shapes and sizes to fit nearly every budget and landscape style. Here are 10 fire pit ideas to inspire you to fit o
Put Your Attention Where it Matters Small yards can be easier to screen than large yards. If you have too much area to put up a fence or hedge within your budget, start small and concentrate on creating privacy where you need it most, such as around a deck or patio. You can always expand your plans in future years.
A little structure makes a patio feel like an outdoor room. Consider a paved or loose-stone floor, and use the house or a fence for a sidewall or two and a pergola or tree boughs for a "roof." A pergola offers sun protection without blocking breezes, while its open sides frame the view and establish a sense of enclosure. This pergola was custom-made, but DIYers can build one from a kit.