Tomi was the first person we spoke to who was excited by the possibility of doing something different. She was not deterred by the challenges of our difficult site, but rather seemed energized by them.— Landis Client
The beauty of our residential patio designs is under-pinned by function. Function determines the size, shape and location of a backyard patio.
In the planning stage, we take note of all the opportunities and possibilities present on site. During design, we divide the property into a series of zones. Each zone is designed to accommodate specific activities such as cooking, dining, lounging/conversation or play. An outdoor dining patio will typically snug up conveniently close to the kitchen space, indoors. But a patio for lounging may be located some distance from the house to provide a quiet and secluded spot for after dinner drinks and conversation.
A well-designed patio or courtyard may use changes in elevation or vertical separation elements such as seat walls, screens or raised beds to define individual spaces outdoors. It will create logical relationships between a living room patio, dining terrace, or other outdoor living spaces.
We may use manufactured or natural products in our patio designs. We often design with concrete permeable pavers, and natural materials such as locally sourced flagstone, brick or pea gravel.
Aside from options available in color, texture and shape of patio materials, you have options as to how the stone or brick is laid out. Three of the more popular paving patterns used when constructing a backyard patio or walkway are:
Herringbone. Features interlocking edges in V formations
Basket Weave. Creates a checkboard effect
Random. Emphasizes geometry of various shaped and sized flagstone pieces
The paving patterns are usually determined by the type and shape of materials used—brick, flagstone, or stone pavers.
Schedule an appointment to meet with one of our residential landscape designers to discuss your patio design plans.
A deck may provide a vantage point, an overlook for taking in a view of the yard, treetops and sky. Decks work well for homes that have steep slopes in the rear yard because patios laid a long walk down from the back door of a home are rarely used. Maybe a series of decks at different levels will create a grill area, a lounge area or dining terrace, while taking the eye down the grade to arrive at an interesting focal point deep in the yard.
A backyard deck can be built using tropical hardwoods, domestic softwoods or composites.
Tropical Hardwood. These dense, extremely hard, and durable species have rich color and are resistant to insects and rot. They last about 25 years or longer.
Redwood and Cedar. These woods are naturally resistant to rot and insect damage. They are soft, however, and can show wear and tear from heavy foot traffic. They last about 20 years.
Composite. These decking planks are a blend of plastic and recycled wood fiber. They don’t need to be stained or sealed, but will develop mildew unless given regular cleanings. They may last forever, and some are guaranteed for life.
As with patio design, you have choices as to how planks are laid to create visual interest. Aside from the basic horizontal pattern, popular planking patterns include diagonal, herringbone, and parquet style. In addition, there are more complicated variations of the basic patterns that require intricate cutting, more structural support and highly skilled carpentry to achieve.
Although the inspiration for a landscape design may begin with the idea of a simple patio or deck, we consider your entire outdoor environment in the process. We provide complete landscape design and installation services in Washington DC, Arlington VA and Bethesda MD. Are you ready to put your landscape design dreams on paper? Schedule an appointment to meet with one of our landscape designers and let’s get started.