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Backyard Design Ideas & What You Can Expect To Spend






Outdoor Kitchen



Outdoor kitchens are still one of the top outdoor living trends for high-end landscaping.

Imagine your favorite meal, your favorite friends and an evening of fun outside, with all the comforts of inside. There’s more to an outdoor kitchen than just a grill. You’ll need stretch-out counter space to prepare your food — and somewhere to put it when it comes off the grill.


Worried about the weather? Add a shade structure like a pergola to keep the space cooler during the summer and block some of the rain.

And when there’s a chill in the air, stay warm with features like fire pits and fireplaces. (More on these must-haves later.)


Cost of an Outdoor Kitchen:

  • Low-end: $10,000 for a 10' x 3' kitchen with grill and two stainless doors.

  • High-end: $22,000 to include a large counter with bar seating, grill, storage and sink.

The great thing about outdoor kitchens is all the fun stuff you can add.

How about an outdoor fridge, a pizza oven, a kegerator


to keep the beer flowing?

You’ll probably spend a lot of time out there, so you might add a fireplace, a pergola, some furniture, maybe a TV.

Suddenly, you’re looking at $75,000 to $150,000.




Paver Patio



Set yourself up with a nice outdoor patio, and you’ll end up living out there, from morning coffee to evening nightcaps and a bunch of fun in-between.

While standard concrete pavers create a nice patio, higher end options are available in a wide array of colors and design options, with greater detail: pavers that look like a mosaic of carefully sculpted stone or a charming cobblestone courtyard.

Intricate design choices mean crews spend more time cutting the pavers, so labor cost goes up.


Cost of a Paver Patio:

  • Low end: $2,500 for a 10’ x12' patio with a simple 1-2 pc paver.



  • Mid range: $6,700 for a 16' x 20' patio with a 3 pc cobble paver.

  • High end: $25,000 + for a large paver patio with space for a hot tub, dining and outdoor furniture for put-your-feet-up lounging.



Fire Pits and Fireplaces


Chilly fall and winter temperatures are perfect for gathering around warm, mesmerizing flames.


And a summer party gets an instant fun boost when you add gooey s’mores.

Feeling rustic? Do you love the idea of throwing logs on the fire and watching the sparks fly? A wood burning fire pit offers that campfire feel.

Are you more of a click the button type? A natural gas fire pit lights quickly and easily and doesn’t produce smoke or sparks.


Cost of a Fire Pit:

  • Low end: $1,200 for a wood burning fire pit.

  • High end: $3,000 for a gas burning model with decorative wall block.

Cost of an Outdoor Fireplace:

  • Low end: $8,000 for a basic wood burning fire place with no wood storage.


  • High end: $20,000 for a deluxe gas burning fireplace with decorative wall block and wood storage.


Backyard Seating Areas


Once you install the luxury backyard of your dreams, you need a place to sit, relax, and soak in the vacation vibes.

Start with your patio style. Whether it’s crafted from standard concrete pavers or sculpted stone, we can create built-in seating that perfectly matches your new outdoor space.


Want a more natural look? Think boulders. They’re seating that perfectly blends with your natural landscaping.


Cost of Backyard Seating Areas:

  • Low end: $2,800 for a basic half circle seat wall around a fire pit.

  • High end: $8,000 + for a seat wall with columns and under lights around a fire pit.


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