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Outdoor Living – Everything AND the Kitchen Sink

Nothing says outdoor living like a multi-functional patio. Grills, fire pits, swimming pools, decks, and patios are the norm for outdoor living. However, some fun, exciting, and long-lasting trends continue to emerge and quickly gain in popularity. Let’s look at some of these fun outdoor living ideas.

Water Features

Water invokes feelings of peace and energy while enhancing the appearance of your landscape. It adds sophistication and character to outdoor living spaces. Depending on your available budget and space, a pondless fountain or a cascading waterfall makes an appealing addition to your backyard. Glass, stone, concrete and other materials can all be used to create the tranquility of water in your landscaping while adding value and curb appeal to your home.

Outdoor Kitchens

More and more people love the idea of bringing the functionality of inside, outside. Families who spend a lot of time outdoors love incorporating outdoor kitchens into their landscapes. Moreover, it’s perfect for people who like to entertain in general. An outdoor kitchen serves as the artistic focal point of your outdoor living space. The hardscaping that adorns the kitchen area add pleasing aesthetics for all to admire. If you choose to add an outdoor kitchen, consider using material finishes that either compliment or match your home’s exterior. Thankfully, there are numerous finishes for outdoor kitchens available. The most common finishes include stone, brick, or stucco. The architecture of your home as well as the cost of the material play a large role in determining the finish of your outdoor kitchen.

Lastly, an outdoor kitchen provides an inviting place for backyard barbecues, outdoor dinners, as well as entertainment for people of all ages. Imagine the fun of cooking Thanksgiving dinner outside and enjoying it in the beauty of fall foliage.


Everyone loves the beautiful shade of a pergola. The also provide a variety of fantastic uses, it would be hard to pick just one unless you have something specific in mind. For example, build a pergola with an outdoor great room in mind. Moreover, design it with your style of furniture and you have yourself an outdoor living room. Enjoy it alone or entertain others underneath it. Another trendy idea for a pergola is to house a hot tub in it. Add some decking and relax and enjoy the hot tub no matter what the temperature is outside. Your imagination is the only limit when it comes to the use of a pergola.

Retaining Walls

There are numerous benefits of adding a retaining wall to your landscape. Some of these benefits include:

  • Increasing your home’s value
  • Create visual effects
  • Manipulate existing spaces into usable outdoor spaces
  • Low maintenance and durable
  • Highly functional when constructed properly

Retaining walls last for decades when constructed properly. In addition, they also withstand tons of weight – including soil or water. This proves a great advantage, if you have a prone-to-flooding area in your yard. Additionally, retaining walls can be used to separate a fruit and vegetable garden or create attention-grabbing vertical gardens. With the wide array of scale, color, texture, and style available, your outdoor living architectural and design needs can be easily met.

Outdoor Living – Hardscapes

From patios, decks, and walkways to retaining walls, pergolas, arbors and water features, adding an outdoor living hardscape to your landscape will increase your home’s value and improve the aesthetic appeal. For all of your outdoor living needs, contact Hyatt Landscaping, Inc. at 704-888-5390 or fill out the free estimate form. For over 30 years, we have created landscapes and outdoor living hardscapes with a solid reputation based on dependability, honesty, and fair, reasonable prices.

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