Location: Midlothian, Virginia
Key Features: 650 Square foot Paver Patio, Unique Bench-Style Sitting Wall, Boulders, Fire Pit and a unique, Rustic Landscape
Biggest Obstacle: The drastic slope of the property rendered this backyard completely unusable.
Solution: We created a two-tiered patio that made use of the drastically sloped portion of the yard, leaving the usable side of the backyard open for mixed use.
This client, a young couple with a son and a daughter on the way, contacted us because they were looking for more than “just a patio.” When discussing their inspiration, the client shared a photo of a rustic, mountain-side outdoor space. Though their suburban home provided a drastically different setting, we fully embraced the idea.
The final design featured a two-tiered patio that provided an open space for dining and a rustic area for lounging around a fire pit. The hardscape from the project is a unique combination of natural stone and Techo-Bloc products. The upper tier patio is composed of EVA pavers with an inlay border of Villagio pavers. Boulders are used to create the retaining wall needed for the upper level. To create the unique mosaic of the lower tier patio, we used a combination of custom-cut Maya slabs and Antika pavers. The fire pit and bench-style sitting walls are created with dry-stacked fieldstone.
To compliment this space, we created a rustic landscape that provides interest throughout the year. The plant combination was inspired by the rustic landscapes of Colorado and California. Included in the plant combination are Hollywood Junipers, Blue Spruces, Japanese Maples, Golden Redbuds, Switch Grasses and a textured mix of perennials. Boulders were used throughout the space for texture contrast and to complete the rustic look.
Gatherings can go late into the evening because of an extensive outdoor lighting system. Up-lights highlight all the trees as well as the house. The sitting wall has lights built into it and the steps between the levels are lit with garden path lights. This lighting system not only provides a beautiful ambiance, it provides safety throughout the rustic terrain of the space.
The finished space is loved and well used by the young family! Additionally, the space was featured in two Houzz articles and won Outdoor Dreams 3 design awards, also from Houzz.
Featured on Houzz and Inspired by Houzz
This gorgeous patio project, which has been featured in 2 Houzz articles and won us 3 Houzz design awards, was originally inspired by a photo from Houzz. While looking through inspirational photos on Houzz during the initial consultation, our client highlighted a specific patio picture as her absolute favorite. The project in the photo featured a rustic fire pit and patio area embedded on a mountain hillside. Though our designer could not recreate the mountain location, he immediately envisioned a way to create a similar space on their severely-sloped, suburban property.
The patio is not natural stone
Though the fire pit and sitting wall are natural stone, many people are surprised to learn that the patio is actually concrete pavers from Techo-Bloc. The unique patio mosaic seen around the fire pit is actually a combination of custom cut Maya slabs and Antika pavers. To achieve a similar look with natural stone would be more expensive and possibly less durable. By using this unique mix of Techo-Bloc products, our client was given a unique space that is less expensive and more durable than a natural stone equivalent.
Many of you may recognize the spider inlay as the logo for the University of Richmond. Our client for this project was a married couple that started dating their freshman year at the University of Richmond. Avid supporters of their alma mater, our designer suggested a creative patio inlay to immortalize the start of their love story. This unique patio inlay was accomplished with Techo-Bloc’s Victorien pavers in Onyx Black.
See What We Used
Plant Combination: ‘Hollywood’ Juniper, ‘Bakers’ Blue Spruce, Slender Hinoki Cypress, ‘Pineapple Popsicle’ Torch Lily, ‘Heavy Metal’ Switch Grass, ‘Hearts of Gold’ Redbud, Variegated Iris, ‘Tasmanian Tiger’ Euphorbia, ‘Plum Pudding’ Heuchera, ‘Citranelle’ Heuchera, ‘May Knight’ Salvia, ‘Walker’s Low’ Catmint, Creeping Thyme and ‘Grace’ Smoke Tree.