The Problem: A Boring Backyard

The Pierce Family in Shawnee, Kansas had a cozy, beautiful home, but their backyard space needed an update. At the time, it was just a plain, grass-covered yard and outdated patio.

They dreamed of a lodge-inspired space where friends and family could come together and enjoy the outdoors year-round, even during Kansas summers and winters.

Hinkle Hardscapes was their first stop.

Project Features:

  • Covered Structure: Screened in, covered structure with Brighton fireplace and matching overhead fan.
  • Raised Paver Patio + Concrete Base: Belgard Mega Arbel pavers 
  • Outdoor Serving Station + Custom Pergola: Anchor Highland stone outdoor bar and serving station, with a custom granite countertop and cedar pergola.
  • Wood-Burning Firepit: Anchor Highland stone wood-burning firepit.
  • LED Outdoor Lighting: 16 LED Undercap lights to create a nice soft ambiance.

The Process: Creating a Functional and Appealing Aesthetic

After assessing the Pierce family’s needs, our design team quickly came up with a plan to create a functional outdoor area ideal for entertaining: a raised paver patio, a covered and screened-in lodge structure, wood-burning Brighton fireplace, fan, and accessible outdoor kitchen.

  • The paver patio was carefully constructed with a concrete base and overlaid with elegant Belgard Mega Arbel pavers, giving the look of flagstone without the same maintenance involved.
  • An Anchor Highland stone wood burning fire pit was added as a warm, outdoor gathering place for the family during the colder months.
  • The outdoor kitchen, which is central to the design, includes an Anchor Highland stone outdoor bar and serving station and custom granite countertop. Overhead, a custom cedar pergola was built over the grill station for function and vertical interest.

The Outcome: A Premier Entertaining Space

The entire Pierce family loves lounging in their new lodge space, season after season — rain or shine. Friends and family never fail to be impressed and entertaining is easier than ever. The family agrees their spacious and versatile outdoor area has brought their loved ones together for more fun-filled gatherings more often.


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We provide homeowners with beautifully designed outdoor living environments so they can experience the joy of entertaining friends and family in a fun and functional space everyone loves.

We know what it’s like to be ready to turn your yard into a beautifully designed space — over the last 12 years, we’ve helped over 2,500 Kansas city homeowners build their dream outdoor entertaining space and we can help you do the same.

Our team has decades of education and experience in design, hardscape, and construction, we’ve completed almost every kind of project. We’re confident we will give you the outdoor space you dream about, which is why we back our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee — you love it, or we’ll make it right.

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