We want our kiddos to spend time outside, but their sports equipment, playgrounds, and toys can be unsightly. Luckily, you don’t have to sacrifice style for a family-friendly space! Nothing draws people outdoors like a multifunctional backyard; and by dressing up kid-approved elements in sophisticated finishes, all parties can be satisfied. In this month’s transformation blog, we’re showing you how we created this tiered entertainment space that’s perfect for all ages!
Our Olathe clients had a large lawn; but without any set function, it was underutilized. They called upon the Hinkle team to install a backyard that would appeal to their entire family. Rebecca Christus met with them to determine which features would best suit their needs. With a composite deck, covered structure, pergola privacy wall, fire pit area, and basketball court; her proposal included something for everyone!
Construction began with excavating and grading the site according to its hardscape design. Once the yard was prepped, the crew moved on to outlining the separate patios with plywood. The compacted gravel base was then reinforced with rebar to maximize longevity.
The two lower tiers were supported by Anchor Highland retaining walls in the shade Brittany Beige. Using the same stone for all the vertical elements established a seamless flow from one patio to the next.
Base materials were selected according to the function of each zone. On the middle layer, Ashlar Slate stamped concrete in the color Mesa gives the look of natural stone at a more economical price point than pavers. This area is the perfect spot to cuddle up on crisp evenings, roast marshmallows, or tell stories; and the curved seating wall ensures that everyone will have a place by the fire.
Down on the basketball court, classic brushed concrete is durable enough to withstand heavy foot traffic. But this is no drab concrete slab! With an accent border and landscaping beds for shrubs and flowers, these athletes will be shooting in style. We saved plenty of greenspace adjacent to the court for games that require a more forgiving surface.
At the top of the yard, a covered structure shields the adult zone from harsh sun, precipitation, and stray three-pointers. The roof and privacy wall create the ideal environment for grilling, outdoor dining, and lounging.
Composite decking is the icing on the cake! This material is low-maintenance, easy to clean, won’t fade in color, and allows you to walk barefoot without fear of splinters.
The final result – with spaces to cook, congregate, and play, this backyard is guaranteed to be the heart of the home! The kids have their designated sports area, parents can keep an eye on the fun from the comfortable vantage point of the covered deck, or everyone can hang out together around the fire.
Regardless of the current state of your yard, it has the potential to be incredible by turning it into a multifunctional backyard! Give us a call at (816) 608-8870 or book an appointment on our website to set your outdoor living dreams in motion.