If these past two years have taught us anything, it’s that our family’s health and wellness is an important focus and we’re seeing this shift in outdoor design too. Outdoor living spaces are on the rise. The reason is that quality, strategic landscape design not only provides a more functional space, but science shows that it improves our health, too!
As you plan your backyard oasis, consider how your outdoor living space will allow you to connect with nature, provide respite, and increase versatility. Does this include a gas or woodburning fire pit or an outdoor entertainment space? How will you use pavers, benches, or walls to accentuate the natural landscape around you?
Our hardscape company will help you create a space you’ll love. A space that extends your living space and allows you to escape the busyness of the world. A space where you will feel nurtured and relaxed.
Let’s take a look at some of 2022’s hardscape landscaping trends that will enhance the functionality and usability of your outdoor space.
Large Pavers with Narrow Joints
Large pavers have been trending in the past couple of years and continue to be a staple in hardscape trends. Patio pavers offer greater value, longevity, and durability than traditional poured concrete. It also instantly transforms your space to a more luxurious, modern look. When complimenting your architecture, large pavers create a continuous flow from indoors to out.
Some of our favorite large pavers are from the County Materials’ Discover Grand series or the Rochester Concrete Products’ Minnetonka series. The combination of sizes in these series can be installed in visually appealing patterns. Plus, if you select permeable pavers, they’re designed to efficiently mitigate storm water which increases durability.
Linear Designs with Mixed Products and Colors
Modular, clean lines create an uncluttered aesthetic that allows you to relax and adds serenity. Incorporating mixed products in complementary colors like natural stone walls and smooth pavers adds interest and creates clean visual lines.
Other common install designs include:
- Complimentary inlays in walls or columns
- Double borders of smaller pavers to create edging or patterns
- Ribbon colors in seat walls or corner pillars.
Functionality Is Vital
2022’s Outdoor living spaces meet your family’s day-to-day needs. Your backyard is more than just an entertainment center, it’s also your relaxation center. Lighting, electrical outlets, and even WiFi are important components of your outdoor living space.
You can increase functionality by including lighting or electrical outlets in accent walls. Also, defining different areas of your space with columns and stone benches helps create a multifaceted area. Pillars of various sizes can be used with unique lighting fixtures or integrated with a shade structure.
And don’t forget an outdoor kitchen! Or a space to enjoy your delicious barbeque spread. The options are endless, so carefully deciding what your primary use for the space is key.
Sustainable Design Is a Big Focus
Creating a relaxing space that is also sustainable is on the top of many homeowner’s minds. Adding permeable features or pavers that prevent water runoff or using a retaining wall to counter erosion helps create proper drainage and reduce water pollution in our waterways. Sprinkler systems also help minimize water runoff and create a lush green lawn surrounding your hardscape.
Another environmentally friendly option is to install a living retaining wall where the stone integrates with a variety of plants. This also helps weave nature into modern hardscaping elements — bringing us back to creating a space that allows you to connect with nature.
If you’re looking to add these restorative effects to your yard, we’d love to help you design and install a patio, retaining walls, pillars, or other hardscaping features. We can help you create a cohesive, professional landscape design that will be stunning! Contact our design team to book your free consultation.