Many homeowners view a sloped backyard as intimidating obstacles that limit design possibilities. Believe it or not, the opposite is true! The nature of hillside properties allows for unique advantages like unobstructed views and multi-level patios. Not convinced? Take a look at the before and afters in this month’s transformation blog to see how our client’s sloped lawn was a key ingredient in creating their showstopping backyard!
Before our arrival, the family’s outdoor entertaining capacity was limited to their second-story deck and the concrete slab below it. Behind limited space, their second grievance was how the slope turned into a muddy, unattractive mess every time it rained. Tired of their yard not meeting their needs, they turned to us to create more functional square footage.
The project began with a consultation. Designer Rebecca Christus met with the family to discuss budgetary numbers, explore their ideas, and take measurements. The final design featured a curved retaining wall that would support a fire pit area. This 3D rendering showed how the new addition would sit in the landscape and flow with their existing decks.
We tackled the main challenge – creating more level ground – by cutting into the slope and installing a retaining wall to hold back the soil. Functional elements may not be the most exciting, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be attractive. The beveled edges and rough-hewn surface of these Oxford Anchor Highland Stones add dimension to the backyard.
On the patio level, Catalina Slate pavers set the stage for the fire pit and grill station. The mix of warm and cool tones in the Brittany Blend colorway provide a neutral base, while their subtle texture and size variation give the look of natural slate. A border of Charcoal Gray Holland Stone differentiates the two zones and accentuates the step down to the lower patio. The built-in grill sits just outside the back door where food and supplies can be easily carried in and out. Stainless steel storage and granite counters add a contemporary touch that is continued throughout the space by sleek, black Fortress railings. Classic Adirondack chairs surround the circular fire pit, creating what is sure to be a favorite hangout spot.
Beneath the deck, the same pavers were overlaid on top of the old concrete to create one cohesive design. This area can be used for additional seating, outdoor dining, or a hot tub! The bordering bed of Missouri Rainbow River Rock separates the patio from the lawn and facilitates drainage.
The final phase of the project was screening in the client’s covered deck – a seemingly small change that made an enormous difference in its usability. It now serves as an indoor-outdoor room where the family can enjoy the fresh air with more privacy, without having to worry about bugs or weather.
The finished product – a sophisticated outdoor space with a variety of entertaining zones. The grill station, fire pit area, under-deck patio, and screened-porch can be used individually for intimate gatherings, or utilized as a whole for large parties!
Don’t settle for a backyard that doesn’t live up to your expectations! Give us a call at (816) 608-8730 or book an appointment on our website to see the difference that hardscaping can make in your outdoor space.