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Outdoor Patio Living

Summertime and the livin’ is easy….But it can be even easier if you have a beautiful extended living space for lounging or entertaining.  The first thing to consider is how you actually intend to use your space.  You can create an outdoor environment that is just as comfortable as your indoor living space if you take the time to determine what your needs are.  A thoughtful addition to your outdoor environment can greatly increase the value and appeal of your home in addition to improving your quality of life.

outdoor living space, hardscape great falls, hardscape restonOnce you decide to make the investment, a consultation with one of our design professionals will help determine the best location for your outdoor living space.  In general, patios are best accessed through a kitchen, often the most popular room in the house.  We can walk with you to map out the best possible layout, one that will complement the existing landscape of your yard and maximize the use of the space.

It’s important to remember that the proximity of your home to your neighbor’s property may affect the location of your patio.  It is critical that before any ground is broken for construction, building codes and zoning laws are corroborated, and property lines are clearly demarcated.

There are no hard and fast rules as to the specific size of a patio, but in general, it should be proportional to the size of the house.  A good rule of thumb, if the budget allows, is to make it as wide as the house, or as big as an adjacent indoor room.

If you decide that you would like a patio that will allow for friend and family barbecues, the materials you choose for both the patio and the barbecue should be complementary to the style of your house. Similarly, if you decide a seating area and a fire pit are more to your liking, the design of the fire pit should also match the style of your home.  Non-geometric patios are currently very popular since they add visual interest to your landscape even when seen from a distance.

The cost of materials is always a consideration.  Natural materials are popular for their durability and organic beauty, but also pricier.  Concrete pavers are more cost effective, are manufactured in a variety of colors and can be lovely as well when the landscape around it is carefully planted.

The proper landscape lighting can also round out a well-planned outdoor living space.  Assuring that you have lighted walkways and even illuminating along the edges of your patio can add dimension as well as ensure safety, extending your ability to enjoy your outdoor “living room” long into your evening. Give us a call and let’s plan a cozy and inviting place for family and friends to gather and watch those fireflies well into sweater weather!


Sunrise Landscape and Design is Northern Virginia’s premier landscape company offering a full range of landscape services. Our landscape and design services include outdoor living spaces, water features, irrigation and landscape lighting. Our landscape maintenance services will keep your landscape vibrant and healthy year-round with lawn renovation, lawn mowing, mulching, edging, garden cleanups, tree pruning and mosquito/deer control. Contact us today for all your landscape and lawn care needs!