A Place for Family and Friends

As with most of our projects, this outdoor space was designed specifically for an active family. Always on the go, our clients were looking to create a special place for their family to slow down and gather with each other, and with friends. Before this space, our clients were living with an undersized, builder-grade deck that was in no way functional. After a couple of iterations, this design provided the clients with their wish-list items while staying in budget. The finished space features a stunning outdoor fireplace, a spacious outdoor kitchen with bar-top seating, and a pergola covered dining area with bistro lights and fan.

The hardscape for this space is composed almost entirely of Techo-Bloc products. The patio is the classic Outdoor Dreams’ style of BLU 60 slabs with a Villagio paver border and Antika paver inlays. To create a more unique look, we blended 3 different Techo-Bloc colors (Sandlewood, Shale Gray, and Mohave Beige) in this hardscape to create a mosaic of grey and tan tones. For a little darker contrast, we used Coos Bay Bluffstone from Eldorado Stone to cover the fireplace.

To soften the hardscape, the plan also included landscaping and lighting. The landscape provides interest throughout the growing season and includes azaleas, drift roses, dogwoods and hardy geraniums. For lighting, we used a combination of up-lights, wall lights and bistro lights to create a stunning ambiance when the sun goes down.

This client regularly touches base with photos and happily reports that this space is truly a gathering place for family and friends!


Location: Glen Allen, VA

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