5 Landscape Design Ideas for Renovating Your Outdoor Living Area in Wayne, PA


Popular landscape design ideas today all focus on expanding living space to the outdoors, especially when it comes to functional outdoor rooms.  Designated areas for cooking, relaxing, and entertainment are among those spaces that take high priority on the Wayne homeowner’s list.

Whether you are thinking about making your outdoor space more spacious and usable or wanting to increase the value of your Wayne, PA home, renovating and/or enlarging your patio is one of the best ways to do it.   Turning your backyard into an oasis is one of the driving forces behind a patio transformation.   With so many features to choose from, where do you begin?  Transforming your Wayne, PA outdoor living space with these backyard makeover ideas will truly upgrade your backyard experience and encourage the family to spend more time outside.

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Size and Shape

Create different gathering spaces on your patio.

If extending your current patio will give you the added space you need, then study the different patio shapes.  Read 6 Stunning Patio Designs for Your Montgomery or Chester County, PA Home.  Spend time identifying how the family wants your new patio space to function.

Add a Cozy Fire Pit or Outdoor Fire Places

Fire place built in a wall makes a great visual impact outdoors.

Fire features are the number one desired design element in 2019.  Adding a fire feature is a sure way to add a focal point and draw family and friends together.  Designs for fire pits are very versatile.   One consideration is to create a transition area between your main patio and your yard.  Include a step down to add depth, and possibly add a stone wall for additional casual seating.  A fireplace can be built into the wall and makes a great visual impact outdoors and gives your patio the feel of an extension of your home.   One thing for sure, a crackling fire will provide lots of warmth on chilly nights or even on summer nights with your favorite drink.

Add an Outdoor Water Feature

Pondless waterfalls are ideal for smaller backyards.

Water features are a great way to enhance your outdoor living space and promote relaxation. and turn your patio into an outdoor sanctuary.  Incorporate landscaping elements like pebbles, stones, flowering plants, trees, and ferns around your pond to create a sense of natural beauty.   Picture yourself unwinding after a long day next to a small pond.  Pondless waterfalls are idea for smaller backyards and instead of water collecting at the bottom, there are pumps that circulate water back up through the fountain, creating the same effect in half the space. You will not only enjoy the sounds of running water, but also the sounds of songbirds and frogs that are attracted to the water.

By incorporating both fire and water into your landscape, you’ll transform an ordinary backyard into a true retreat for relaxing, play, and entertaining.  Introduce a focal point to your property.

Add an Outdoor Kitchen

Fire pits draw family and friends together.

Cooking outdoors is great for entertaining or just enjoying a meal with family.  The new entertaining areas have come a long way from using your grill to cook out on your patio.  Outdoor kitchens can be installed with virtually any combinations that you’d find in an indoor kitchen from adding a built in grill and countertop to outdoor refrigerators and sinks.

Add a Retaining Wall

Wayne patio with retaining wall for enclosing space and extra seating.

Retaining walls add to your home’s beauty, and make those challenging lawn areas easier to manage.  Traditionally, walls were used to give support to vertical sloping in the landscape but they recently have been popular to add comfortable seating to the outdoors.  A retaining or sitting wall can be installed in almost any location.

Outdoor Lighting

Water feature in Wayne off of patio.

Outdoor lighting has the power to transform the look and use of your outdoor space.  Emphasis a few years ago was to illuminate the front of your home, but now lighting has become increasingly popular in backyard spaces.  Uplighting for trees and shrubs in the backyard is a nice way to add lights to the yard.  Spotlights can be used to highlight a special tree or wall or even a water feature that gives a focal point to your dark landscape.   Basically you can use a spotlight for any part of your yard or patio that you want to feature or illuminate.

Another feature of outdoor lighting is that it insures your safety.  Lighting eliminates dark corners for intruders to hide and can illuminate steps and paths for the safety of everyone.

You Can Trust Your Landscaping Project to Whitehouse Landscaping

At Whitehouse Landscaping, we’re experts in creating stunning inviting outdoor spaces you’ll love to live in.  Thoughtful planning is essential for a backyard to be gorgeous and functional.   If you’re looking to renovate or transform your unused outdoor living space in Wayne, PA, we’re here to help.  Let us help you explore your untapped backyard potential and turn your backyard into an oasis.

Request your free consultation to get started or call 484-300-4290.