When adding comfy seating to your fire pit, think about how you can best use each piece year round, then easily add holiday charm with accents. Instead of choosing red or green upholstery, this area was outfitted with modern rocking chairs with rich navy upholstery, a color that can mix with a wide variety of accent colors for seasonal looks.
When creating patio steps and stairs, you'll need to consider the type of texture and appearance that fit your home's architectural style and your design preferences. This outdoor space in the midwestern U.S. uses Belgard's Urbana pavers, which have the look of chiseled stone.
Pennsylvania bluestone treads are placed over Tennessee dry stack fieldstone for these patio steps. The wall and wall caps also are made of Tennessee fieldstone selected by Atlanta-based King Landscaping.
This modern zen courtyard features a 'Bloodgood' Japanese maple among large native boulders that serve as paver steps and crushed gravel. The project by Buttercup Design Group for the property on Shelter Island, N.Y., won a 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designers award.
This dramatic curved double set of steps uses a mixture of Belgard products. The Cambridge Cobble pavers have a pillow-top-like surface with a small dome effect and corners that are slightly rounded. The Anchor Diamond 9D walls by Belgard have a rough-hewn texture.
On a roof garden in New York's Tribeca neighborhood, natural materials, such as stone pavers surrounded by moss, fit with the homeowner's love of nature. This project by Aaron Andrews McIntire of Gunn Landscape Architecture in New York won a 2015 Association of Landscape Designers award.
Stone pavers lead to a re-circulating fountain in the garden of a contemporary Manhattan townhouse. To the left, locust slabs lead to a reading nook. The area is framed by ginkgo trees. The project by Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects of Charlottesville, Va., was an American Society of Landscape Architects award winner.
Concrete pavers lead up the steps and onto a patio with a water fountain and ledges to display containers for this home in the southeast U.S. The materials, including textured Mega-Arbel pavers with an irregular shape and antiqued Celtic Wall pavers by Belgard for the steps, are manufactured by Georgia Masonry Supply.
This patio, steps and stairs use Pennsylvania bluestone pavers at the base and steps made of crab orchard stone slabs. The tall walls are made of existing pressure-treated timbers that Atlanta-based King Landscaping incorporated into design. The border around the patio uses Pennsylvania blue stone with a thermal finish.
Pavers flow from a set of stairs to the patio of a home in the southeast U.S. The materials manufactured by Georgia Masonry Supply include a tumbled paver called Country Manor and Mega Arbel pavers with a natural flagstone appearance.
Arizona flagstone pavers and steps help blur the boundaries between the natural and constructed environments, and between the hilltop and the house. This 10-acre property is on a ridge-top setting with views of Mount Diablo in California. The project by David Thorne Landscape Architect won a 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designers award.
Square limestone pavers set on sand contrasts with the decomposed granite used for this garden behind a townhome in San Francisco. The project by St. John Landscapes, based in Berkeley, Calif., won a 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designer award.