Warm Up Your Outdoor Winter Space

Does your patio become desolate during the winter? Spring, summer and fall can find your backyard and patio filled with friends and family, but in winter, everyone stays indoors. If you live in an area with mild winters, you can make your outdoor living space open for all seasons. Add a new fireplace to warm up your outdoor area for year-round enjoyment.

Full Fireplace

One of the popular trends for patios is a full fireplace, similar to what you would have in a living room. A flagstone or fieldstone fireplace can create a gorgeous addition to your outdoor space while providing a cozy area to enjoy during the cooler months. You can have a one-sided or two-sided fireplace, depending on where it is located and the size of your patio. A full fireplace tends to become a focal feature and you are bound to receive many compliments on your new patio addition.

Fire Pits

Want a smaller-sized fire feature? Fire pits are easier to fit on smaller patios and can be installed almost anywhere. They are cozy for gathering a few friends around on a cool night or even on a crisp winter day. A fire pit can be rustic with a “camp-like” quality with natural stone or you can have your designer create a more modern or contemporary design with cement or metal. Either option give you a warm place to huddle around while adding flickering light to your patio area.

Don’t spend another winter ignoring your patio and hiding indoors. Talk to your local hardscape landscaper to discuss the options for adding a fireplace or fire pit to your outdoor winter space.

Posted on behalf of:
Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 609-4510

Benefits of Adding a Patio Wall

You may think that your outdoor space or patio is perfect without walls, but a patio wall can be a beautiful and functional addition. While you do not want to take away from the beauty of being outdoors, strategically placed patio walls can make your patio more enjoyable. Here are some ways adding a patio wall can be advantageous to your outdoor living space.

Wind Breaks

Have you ever had your outdoor furniture blow over or an umbrella become airborne? Even on a warm day, swift breezes can be annoying. If you have winds that usually come from one direction, consider a wind break with the addition of a patio wall. They can also offer shade in the late afternoon when your patio can become too warm in the sun.

Sitting Patio Wall

Not all patio walls need to be tall. A partial patio wall can create a border for your patio and you can add more seating. A sitting patio wall has bench seating, creating permanent furniture for your patio. Even when you have put away your outdoor furniture for the season, you still have functional seating outside for your patio.

Beautiful Hardscapes

One of the most beautiful materials for any patio wall is natural stone. Regardless of function, a patio wall made from natural stone can add an element of elegance to your outdoor living space, while creating value for your home. Both mortared stone and stone veneer can add beauty for your new patio wall.

Looking for ideas for adding a patio wall? Talk to your local landscaper that offers hardscaping options with stone or pavers. They can show you ways to incorporate a patio wall into your outdoor living space to improve the function and aesthetics of your patio.

Posted on behalf of:
Landscape Innovations
215 Rebecca Ct
Fayetteville, GA 30215
(770) 616-3194

Benefits of Wood Decks

Are you planning to update your backyard to include an outdoor living space? If you don’t have a patio or it is too small, upgrading to a larger space can give you more room to entertain and relax outside of your home. While a patio is pleasant, there are advantages to opting to go with a wood deck instead. Here are some of the benefits of a deck if you are planning to update your outdoor living space.

  • Rise above. While patios are installed in the soil, decks are raised and above the dirt. This has many benefits, including less mud and dirt to clean off the surface and less debris tracked into your home. This is something to consider if you have pets or kids that run in and out of the house into the backyard.
  • Multiple levels. Decks can be one level or multiple levels, it all depends on what you prefer and the design of your home and property. You can have a viewing deck off your upstairs bedroom, a deck for entertaining and even connect the two if you prefer.
  • Beauty. Wood decks are beautiful and have so many design options. You can build seating into your deck, planters and many other options. Higher level decks can offer a better view than a patio, a great way to enjoy a sunset, or sunrise, depending on where it is located.

Before you decide whether a deck or patio is best for your outdoor living space, talk to your local landscape contractor that offers both options. Depending on your home, lifestyle and property, a wood deck may be the best fit for your needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

Backyard Ambiance: Fire Pit Trends for 2018

Are you looking forward to late nights on your back patio for the spring, summer and fall of 2018? If you have been considering adding a fire pit for light and warmth on your patio, there are some beautiful options in design for your project. Here are some of the popular trends in fire pits to consider for your back patio in 2018.

River Stone Round

Want to create a campfire feel for your backyard? Making a round fire pit with river stones is a classic option for adding a flame to your patio. This is perfect for kids and adults to gather round the fire to roast marshmallows, hot dogs or just to enjoy an evening under the stars. Have the joy of camping every night, without needing to leave your home.

Stylish Flagstone or Field Stone Fireplace

Another natural option is a full fireplace the end or side of your patio. A full stone fireplace adds exceptional style to your outdoor living space, while giving you light and heat for those darker, colder nights outside.

Contemporary Design

For a sleek, more modern design, consider a concrete fire pit with straight edges and a smooth surface. Add a shaped or patterned grate that has an artistic flare to create a centerpiece for your modern or contemporary patio design.

Brick is Back

Brick is always a classic option and is appearing more often again in landscape hardscapes, including fire pits and outdoor fireplaces.

Whatever your style, there is a fire pit that can match your outdoor living space. Talk to your hardscape landscaper to discuss the options available to add your new fire pit in 2018.

Posted on behalf of:
Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

Paving a Beautiful Pathway to Your Home

Make the path to your front or back door functional and beautiful with a customized hardscape walkway. Forget about boring concrete sidewalks and make the pathways in your front and back yards a stylized paved invitation to your home. Natural stone and pavers are a gorgeous way to make a safe, easy walkway for your family and guests that add an element of classic style to your home.

Entrance Pathways

For your front yard, consider an entrance pathway that adds curb appeal while providing a smooth, safe walking path to your front door or porch. Pavers or natural stone can be both functional and stylish for your front walkway. These paved paths keep visitors off your lawn and create a beautiful introduction to your home.

Stone Staircases

If you have an entrance that goes up or down a slope or hill, you can create a staircase made of stone as an easy way to traverse the incline while adding a stunning showpiece to your yard. Flagstone can make exceptional stair treads that look sensational, yet have a functional purpose for safety and ease of movement around your property.

Garden Paths

Stone pavers or brick can create a lovely path through your yard or property, leading to a koi pond, spa, outbuilding or garden. Keep foot traffic on a designed path that protects your lawn and adds an interesting element to your landscape design.

Your local landscaper that offers hardscape installation can help you add beautiful pathways to various areas of your property. Choose from formed pavers, brick or natural stone to create the look and style you desire, adding value, aesthetic appeal and function to your outdoor spaces around your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Champion Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30022
(770) 649-0818

Landscaping Lingo: Softscaping and Hardscaping

When you hire a landscaper, you may hear terms like softscaping and hardscaping options for your yard. Quality landscapers offer both options and blend them into your landscape design. But you need to know what they are referring to when they discuss improving your outdoor space. Here is the basics on softscaping and hardscaping. 


The live components in landscaping are referred to softscapes. Your flowers, shrubs, trees, your lawn – all that is part of the softscaping of your yard. Sculpting these plants into a beautiful design is an important part of landscaping. It takes a green thumb and an understanding of the different plants to put together a working softscape. But softscaping are not the only parts of creating a beautiful yard.


The constructed elements of your yard are the hardscapes. Your stone patio, the retaining walls, fire pits and water features are all hardscapes. These are the functional parts of your outdoor living space which require expertise to create and build. Working with stone, pavers, mortar, cement and other elements to create convenient structures are all part of hardscaping and landscape design.

Combining softscapes and hardscapes is what creates a balanced landscape design for your home. The living, natural plants add the soft beauty to the yard, while the constructed pieces create a useful outdoor living space. Focal points and furniture, all blended with function and nature for a private oasis at your home. It is what makes landscaping an art form.

If you are planning to hire a landscaper, you want a professional that offers both hardscaping and softscaping services. Both are important to create a lovely outdoor space at your home.

Posted on behalf of:
Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 609-4510

Hardscapes: DIY or Hire a Professional?

In landscape design, hardscapes can include most features that are not organic. While your lawn, flowers, trees and other landscape elements are all organic plant life, other aspects such as retaining walls, patios, waterfalls and other features often fall under the hardscape category. Many homeowners enjoy a DIY challenge, helping them save money while giving them a sense of accomplishment when the job is finished. But when it comes to hardscapes, when should you leave the task to the professionals?

Many hardscapes are fairly simple structures, making them seem like an easy project for the DIY homeowner. However, even those that only require a few elements like stone, pavers, a shovel and effort can turn out to be much more complicated than they initially seem. Here are a few hardscapes that may be best left to a professional landscaper:

  • Retaining walls. Many retaining walls can be created without mortar; just stones, brick or pavers are needed, along with some serious elbow grease. But keep in mind that if you are using a retaining wall for erosion control, you need to build them to exact specifications.
  • Koi ponds. Easy enough, right? Buy a DIY kit, dig a hole, install a liner and fill it up with water – or at least that is what you may think. Koi ponds are one of the most common DIY hardscape projects that go wrong.
  • Creating a beautiful waterfall in your backyard is more difficult than it looks. Don’t waste time and money trying to do this one yourself. Spend the little extra money to have it done right the first time.

When it comes to hardscapes in landscape design, those that involve earth-moving, water or exact proportions will be best accomplished by a landscaper offering hardscape design. Save yourself frustration, time and even money by hiring a professional.

Posted on behalf of:
Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 609-4510

Expand the Use of Your Outdoor Space with Fire

Does your outdoor living space become vacant when the colder evenings talk hold? Increase the use of your outdoor area with the addition of a fireplace or fire pit.  There is nothing like sitting outside with friends and family on summer nights. With a fire feature, you can spend more nights on your back patio all throughout the year.

If you have invested in creating a gorgeous outdoor space, why limit the time you can use that area due to cooler weather? A beautiful stone fireplace can create a warm, inviting atmosphere in the fall and winter when the nights are cooler. Even in the summer, a fire pit can create a wonderful experience for you and your family to enjoy.

Fireplace or Fire Pit?

The two main options for adding fire to your outdoor place are fireplaces and fire pits. A fireplace can create an outdoor living room atmosphere with a warm, contained fire. The structure is aesthetically pleasing, even when you are not using it for a flickering fire. This is a more formal structure and can be more expensive than a fire pit, but adds to the beauty of your home.

A fire pit is less formal than a fireplace, but still an enjoyable way to add fire to your patio. This design allows more people to gather close to the fire for warmth. It is also ideal for roasting items over an open flame, like camping in your backyard.

Both outdoor fireplaces and fire pits can be designed out of many different materials and come in a wide variety of options. Talk to your local landscaper that offers hardscape design and installation to add fire to your outdoor space this summer for the cooler months ahead.

Posted on behalf of:
Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 360-5604

5 Beautiful Hardscapes to Add to Your Backyard this Year

Are you hoping to transform your backyard from boring to beautiful this year? One of the most dramatic changes you can make to your outdoor living area is the addition of natural stone hardscapes. Not only are they functional and aesthetically stunning, they are a valuable, lasting investment in your home. Here are five ideas of hardscapes that will enhance your backyard for the summer ahead.

  1. Fire pit or fireplace. A natural stone fire pit or fireplace is perfect for those late nights out on your back patio. Use as a focal point to gather your friends and family around when the sun goes down.
  2. Stone patio or pool deck. Natural stone is an elegant surface for any patio or pool deck. It is also durable and easy to maintain, with natural drainage between the stones.
  3. Retaining walls. Create a sunken patio with retaining walls as your border if you have higher ground surrounding your backyard. Retaining walls made of natural stone are beautiful and functional, helping prevent erosion of hillside areas.
  4. Outdoor kitchen. Do you love grilling outside? Add an outdoor kitchen to your patio area to make it easier to make elaborate meals for your family and guests for dinner alfresco.
  5. Natural stone waterfall. Nothing is as soothing as the sound and sight of a cascading waterfall. A natural stone pool or waterfall hardscape is a beautiful addition to any backyard.

Don’t wait another year to make your backyard into the oasis you always wanted. Call your local hardscape landscaper to beginning planning your new backyard additions today!

Posted on behalf of:
Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC
(704) 469-5766

Warm Up Your Patio with a New Fire Pit

Summer evenings are often spent on the patio, enjoy the warm nights. But when nights begin to cool down, you most likely move inside to stay warm. Why miss sitting underneath a starry sky just because it is cooler at night? A new patio fire pit is a great way to warm up the nights and add a beautiful focal point. Now is the perfect time to build your new fire pit, once you decide on the type of fireplace or pit you want. Here are a few options.

  • Stone or brick fireplace. Like an indoor fireplace, you can add an outdoor fireplace to gather around on your patio. These can offer a wonderful source of heat while providing a beautiful stone or brick focal point.
  • An open fire pit. Create a campfire atmosphere with an open fire pit that you can gather around. Open fire pits are very versatile and can be make any size and with a wide variety of materials. Choose from natural stone, brick, concrete or metal.
  • Cooking fire pit or oven. If you want to cook more than marshmallows over your outdoor fire pit, a cooking pit or oven can be built. Bake fire pit pizzas or grill over an open wood flame for ultimate flavor – or do both with a large fire pit and brick oven combo.

Ready to get started creating your fire pit? Call your local landscape contractor that offers hardscape designs such as fire pits. Together with your contractor you can plan the perfect fireplace or pit for your patio and begin enjoying nights on your patio again.

Posted on behalf of:
Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC
(704) 469-5766