Outdoor Features Enhance Your Property
The demand and trends for hardscapes and outdoor living spaces continues to grow in Bergen County, NJ. According to a survey done by the American Institute of Architects, 60% of respondents said that they noticed an increase in outdoor living, making it one of the most popular remodeling categories for home improvements.
Creating an outdoor living space offers a number of benefits for you, your family and your home. From simple patio designs to grand outdoor kitchens, outdoor spaces are completely customizable to your needs and wants. Many Bergen County Homeowners invest in adding outdoor living spaces because it extends their home from the interior to the exterior. In addition, it gives you an opportunity to enjoy your exterior spaces late into the Fall season.
Fire pits and fireplaces add both light and warmth for you to enjoy the evening hours under the stars. Adding fire features not only creates a new gathering space, it can turn your outdoor living area into a year round oasis. Whether roasting marshmallows or sipping on a warm drink, sitting by the crackling fire among all of the ambiance that the outdoors brings is a perfect way to enjoy fall evenings.
You can also extend your backyard space with more than one patio. You could have one patio gracing the area right outside your kitchen. Meanwhile, you may want to add another patio by the pool or in a cozy nook on another part of your backyard.
Finally, outdoor living features allow you to stay home and entertain. The AIA survey also revealed that more and more homeowners are taking stay-cations, and adding outdoor living features to help them enjoy their homes.
Backyard Patio Designs
Another growing trend includes a bi- or tri-level patio. The upper level is usually connected to the house and may feature your outdoor kitchen and dining areas.
Steps or stairways can take people down to the lower level. A stone walkway leads visitors to a fire pit with built-in seat walls, to provide a cozy place for after-dinner s’
You can add an outdoor fireplace to enhance your outdoor living or dining area. Enjoying the fire pit or fireplace with friends and family is a fun way to celebrate the season. With the right lighting, comfort and charm, it’s easy to put together a magical fall evening.
Hardscapes Make Your Backyard Central to Entertaining
Imagine cooking in your brand new outdoor kitchen. Your landscape design/build company can build a bar around the cooking area so you can interact while preparing a meal.
One of the great joys of an outdoor space is dining al fresco, enjoying the cool breezes, the late-evening light, the riot of garden color and the smells and sensations of beautiful weather. Clean up can be easy with your outdoor kitchen customized to include a sink, a refrigerator and drawers. Gone are the days where you hauled in dirty dishes and waited until your guests left to do the washing up.
Here are some other outdoor living ideas to incorporate in your Bergen County, NJ backyard:
- Landscape lighting to enable people to see where they’re walking in the evening as well as to illuminate plants, your koi pond or other patio perimeters.
- Stone walkways to guide your guests from one area of your backyard to the next “room.”
- Steps and stairways to transition you and your guests from one level of your patio to the next.
- Concrete pavers or stones create garden edging, marking where the hardscapes end and where the gardens begin.
- Landscape edging adds curb appeal when curves are added along with a walkway or as stand-alone edging.
Hiring a Landscape Contractor to Design and Build Your Backyard Living Space
There are benefits to hiring a full-service landscape contractor that provides design, planning and installation services for your landscape.
“The planning process is integral to the long term function, value and success of your landscape project,” emphasizes Tim Fox, our award -wining Senior Landscape Designer at Horizon Landscape. “By developing an overall vision for your property that will serve your family in the near term and create value in the long term, you can then consider phasing the elements of the project and prioritize in a way that best suits your needs. By approaching a project in a holistic way, we are able to maximize efficiency, ensure that the overall design can be executed appropriately over the years of your residency and minimize unnecessary costs in the future.”
At Horizon Landscape, we are receptive to your ideas, goals and project schedule for your patio and outdoor kitchen plans. All designs are provided with 3-D software so you can review your final project from concept to completion.
Hiring a professional NJ Landscape Contractor, like Horizon Landscape, will ensure a beautiful, functional landscape for your Bergen County home for years to enjoy. Contact us for a customized patio, an outdoor kitchen, a fire feature, walkways, stone steps, landscape lighting or any other outdoor hardscape feature for your property.
Call us today at 201-848-0022 or fill out our contact form.
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Gilmer, Maureen and Genevieve Schmidt, “Landscape Edging Options,” LandscapingNetwork.com.