|I still need to work out the landscaping a little more, but this is the general idea.|
Here is my inspiration for the cascading steps:
|Sorry about the glare... I took a picture of it on our ipad because I couldn't figure out how to save it on there.|
|This is what I'd like the fire pit area to look like, but with a bench for sitting instead |
of the shrubs around it and a portable fire pit in the middle.
I'm still not sure whether we will do pavers or concrete. We originally thought we would do stamped concrete because it is cheaper, faster to install and we both like the look of it, but I have heard stories of how slippery it is, which worries me (shocker). I like the look of pavers as well, but the older paver patios I've seen look terrible so I'm worried about how well it would last, especially because it costs more. The other option, which would probably be the cheapest, would be to just do regular plain old concrete and then perhaps dress it up with brick trim, scoring designs and/or some outdoor area rugs or something.
The deck as I show it is 230 sf so I'm estimating that will cost about $4,000-$6,000 if we build it ourselves (which we plan to). The patio as I show it is 270 sf, so if we did regular concrete, we are looking at between $2,500 and $3,500. If we did pavers, it would be more like $5,000 to $7,000. (These estimates are all from internet research and/or friends' experiences so the accuracy is reasonable at best. I will be doing much more research in the future).
Here are some pictures of concrete design ideas that I like (both of these are broom finished, not stamped):
And here is an example of what the pavers could look like (puppy not included):
Please share any of your thoughts/ideas/suggestions. I don't have much experience with decks or patios, so all of your suggestions are welcome and appreciated!