A wall at the base of a slope: A wall made of rustic stones adds beauty and visual variety to a hilly yard and extra seating for large gatherings. Hillsides can be leveled-out, and erosion concerns minimized by building one or more retaining walls. This can give you a “terraced” effect, often perfect for planters, and great if you’d like separate spaces for different uses. And this option can often be done at a lower cost than a single larger wall.
Patio and fire pit: Creating a patio with the bricks or pavers of your choice is often the first step. Many people add other features such as a fire pit. Like a campfire close to home, these are ideal for gathering around on cool fall nights to roast hot dogs, make s’mores or just enjoy the crackling fire.
Outdoor fireplace: A fireplace is another great addition to increase use of your yard. Whether stand-alone or built into a wall, you’d be surprised how much heat an outdoor fireplace can supply. And if you have a covered patio, you can mount a TV above the fireplace and feel like you’re at the stadium watching a game.
Outdoor kitchens and bars: Increasingly popular, these sophisticated additions to your hardscaping can provide you and your guests easy access to snacks, drinks, and serious grilling.
For these and other ideas, it’s best to consult a professional designer. They’re trained to analyze your yard’s grade, water runoff and drainage and offer both practical and creative suggestions. Sometimes ideas you may not have even thought about.