Are you tired of looking at a backyard that looks boring, dated, or drab? You’re not alone. All across the country, millions of homeowners are sprucing up their yards during the pandemic. If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out these ideas for your patio or deck!
Sitting around a fire as a family is one of the first things we humans did as a species. This simple yet ancient practice has been shown to provide us all with a sense of calm. In fact, research suggests that even watching a video of a crackling fire can provide calming benefits. Whether it’s just you and your partner, the family, or a big ole family reunion, having a beautiful fire pit makes the experience even better. One popular choice for built-in patio fire pits is flagstones. Their larger size makes it easy to cover a space, and their irregular shape adds a touch of natural beauty. They come in a variety of shades and colors as well. Fire pits also extend patio season by keeping you and your family warm even during the cold months.
This is a great option if you have a lot of ornamental trees. All those roots can push up bricks over time and cause cracks in your patio. With gravel, this is not the case. You will need to rake the gravel from time to time to even things out, but it will move and adjust as the trees around it grow. It’s similar to floating floor tiles made to move as a house heats up or cools down.
Patios don’t have to be larger, rectangular structures that take up a large portion of the yard. You could create a space that’s just big enough for your outdoor table and chair set. It defines the space, however small, and creates a cozy retreat from the business of everyday life.
Constructing a pergola is an excellent way to create some shade naturally. Using a viney plant-like wisteria, grapes, or ivy, you’ll have something lovely to look at while you get a nice retreat from the heat. And if you do go with grapes, you’ll have a tasty snack as well! Be sure to ask your landscaping technician which plants would be good for your yard!
Building a patio near or around your in-ground pool gives you more ways to enjoy the outdoors. Rather than jumping in the pool and having to go right back inside, you can add some lounging chairs and soak up the sun, read, and get back in the water when you’re ready to cool off again.
Decks don’t have to be at ground level. A balcony-style deck can expand on your upper-level space and give you a great way to sit back, relax, and observe your garden, landscaping, or the night sky. This is especially true if you have trees or shrubs. By building a deck above the treeline, you’ll have an uninterrupted view of the marvels of the night sky.
If you have an above-ground pool, a deck can make it easier to enjoy and access the water. Rather than climbing up a rickety metal ladder, you can simply stroll from the door and descend into the water via a few steps. And like a patio, a deck can be used to greater an intermediary space between the home and the pool so you can dry off, lounge, read, etc., by the pool. The same goes for a hot tub. Rather than having to climb awkwardly up and into the hot tub, a deck allows you to step down into the lovely water. Plus, it makes the yard look more streamlined. And if you enjoy using your hot tub in the winter, a deck makes the walk from the house to the water more pleasant. Rather than walking over snow, ice, stones, or grass, you have a clear pathway to the tub. Lastly, decks around hot tubs and pools add an aesthetic quality to the yard. They serve as a nice frame to the waterscape.
Having a patio enclosure or screened-in deck allows you to enjoy the best months in Michigan – without the threat of mosquitoes. You can even install a ceiling fan to keep the hot air circulating and add a fireplace or ambient lighting to add some rustic charm to your space. You’ll never have to rely on bug spray or citronella torches again!
When it comes to custom deck designs, the sky is truly the limit. We can help you find the perfect material to match the “theme” of your yard, whether that’s an ultramodern look or something more rustic. Bricks, wood, flagstones, and even how you arrange them in a pattern can all influence the look of your yard. It’s an easy way to add both functionality and beauty to your space!
We Michiganders love to maximize our time outside in the summer. If you’re a fan of barbecuing or cooking, a deck or patio can provide the ultimate outdoor cooking space. Ovens and grills can be built in as easily as a fire pit. Let us give you the backyard of your dreams!
If you’re looking to give your outdoor space a makeover, the professionals at Images Landscaping & Construction have you covered! We offer custom deck and patio installations, landscaping services, and more! Our experienced technicians will work with you to learn about your desires and budget. If you can dream it – we can build it! Give us a call today at (248) 866-5442 or leave us a message online. Want to learn more about improving your landscaping? Check out our monthly blog! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram to see how we’ve transformed local yards!