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.

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Landscape Innovations
215 Rebecca Ct
Fayetteville, GA 30215
(770) 616-3194

Energy Saving Landscaping Ideas

When planning your next landscaping project, consider incorporating energy saving elements in the design.  A properly designed and executed landscape not only adds beauty to your home but can help save money on your energy costs.  The federal government estimates that, on average, the energy savings from energy efficient landscaping will pay back the initial cost in about eight years.

If you home is in a temperate region, plan your landscaping to maximize shade on your home in the summer, and allow the sun to warm your home in the winter.  Deciduous trees work best for this application. You landscaping should funnel summer winds toward your home, but deflect cold winter winds away.

In hot, arid climates, year round shade will help keep your home cool. Dense evergreen trees or shrubs can provide shade throughout the year.  If your home is air conditioned, deflect wind away from the home, otherwise funnel winds toward the home.

In hot, humid regions your landscaping should provide maximum summer shade, but still allow winter sun to reach your home.  Channel summer breezes toward the home.

Shrubs or climbing vines on a lattice or trellis will provide shade, but be sure to locate them  a few feet from the home to allow air to circulate around the home to avoid moisture problems.

In cool climates, use trees to block the wind from your home, but allow the winter sun to reach southern exposures.  For maximum effectiveness, a windbreak should be located at a distance from your home equal to two to five times the mature height of the trees. A combination of dense trees and shrubs make an effective windbreak, and the shrubs will help prevent snow drifts from forming against your home.