Consider porous materials when designing outdoor living areas. Gravel or pebble patios combine good looks with low-maintenance upkeep that’s also easy on the environment. Porous surfaces allow water to drain freely, instead of creating storm runoff.
Careful construction and design provides top-of-the-line sound reduction qualities, insulating this backyard studio office from outside noises. The space is integrated into the overall home, but anyone inside it can maintain a high level of concentration.
Antique stone pavers reclaimed from China cap the knee walls, act as floating steps and as coping on the benches. The aged patina is impossible to reproduce since it comes from hundreds of years of use and adds a historical permanence to the garden. Water is heard as it gently pours from a hand-chiseled stone rill into an elongated pool. Filled with koi and water lilies in bloom, the water reflects the sky above, surrounding trees and plants.
This outdoor kitchen is adjacent to a new gravel patio with elevated vegetable gardens. This provides both better access to the garage as well as overflow space for entertaining. Another unique feature to this design was the paving material. The patios are laid with a 2’x4’ porcelain tile imported from Italy that had a 12-week lead time for delivery. The stairs had to be carefully designed and ordered because only the manufacturer could bullnose the edges of this material and maintain the proper color.
Lights on either side of the path both increase visibility at night and showcase the yard's various trees and plants. In the distance, a compacted gravel circular patio will provide a private place to sit and reflect.
In creating the design of this modern home, the architects chose an L-shaped configuration. The main living areas are up front and more connected to the neighborhood; a two-story private wing is tucked away in back and has its own secluded patio.
Beautiful flowering plants and manicured hedges surround the sophisticated crushed gravel patio and koi pond. Hand-stacked stone above the waterfall mimic architectural elements found in other parts of the garden.
A grated brown wall gives privacy to this outdoor shower while allowing it to retain an open feeling. A rain shower head peaks over the top of the wall. The surrounding greenery and turquoise curtains visible through the glass of the french doors add a touch of color to space without overpowering the natural feel.
This yellow ranch home boasts a backyard with a staggered deck walkway that leads the way to the back door entrance. Stone gravel and evergreen landscaping are used throughout the yard, while a small pond features a unique floating stone patio complete with an outdoor dining table and chairs.