The outdoor dining area centers on the built-in grill with custom stonework. Using the same stone around both the grill and fireplace unites the two spaces and adds visual continuity to the overall design.
Another option for stones as lawn edging is to use large field stones. With this type of rock, you can source material locally and, depending on where you live, from natural areas. If you’re building a home or excavating a site on your property, save rocks you unearth to use as possible edging. When using rocks as edging, fit stones as closely together as you can to limit weed and grass growth. Use a product like Preen between and behind rocks to help prevent weed seeds from sprouting.
According to designer Lauren Bland, the homeowner's young son picked out the fossilized stone for the coffee bar's countertop. When visitors come by, he introduces them to each of the ancient creatures that appear in the stone.
This contemporary breezeway offers shelter from both the rain and the sun. Notice, too, how thoughtfully the space was designed, with slats that allow for natural light and stone siding that's as durable as it is elegant.