With warm weather right around the corner, everyone is thinking about what they can do to improve their outdoor spaces this year. The most common issue I find when I meet people is that they have a certain idea in mind, but their budget doesnt accomodate it.
The project pictured above is a great example. The design includes a large cedar deck, which used up a majority of the budget, but there were still a lot of areas in the yard that weren't addressed by building the deck. Heavy shade was also a concern, so that eliminated a lot of plants from consideration. What we decided to do was create a more intimate fire pit area away from the deck. The fire pit was built with boulders, which was a cheaper option than any paver kit, and it gives the area a custom, unique look.
The area surrounding the fire pit was edged with large pieces of stone. We filled the area with river rock, and created unique details by adding circles around the trees and filling those areas with larger stones of a contrasting color. Using loose stone was a fraction of the price of doing a paver patio, and still addresses the rest of the yard.
Using less expensive materials such as loose stone in some areas is an excellent way to keep costs in check, and still have a great outdoor living space as long as you aren't afraid to use your imagination! Taking a little extra time to create unique details will go a long way toward creating the backyard of your dreams!