Make The Most Of Your Outdoor Living Space, Go Vertical


One of the biggest home improvement trends in recent years is the seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living space. As homeowners have begun to focus on creating the ideal outdoor living space, the design of patios and walkways have become more sophisticated.

One great way to enhance your landscape design, both functionally and visually, is to go vertical! Including vertical elements is a great way to create stunning visual focal points that are not only beautiful but can add value to your home. Vertical elements can help to define spaces, and the right combination of vertical elements in your landscape design can help create a seamless indoor/outdoor environment, turning your yard into the perfect space for entertaining family and friends.

Let’s look at some elements you can add to your outdoor living landscape design that will help define your space, stylistically, and functionally.


Adding a fire feature to your landscape adds real value and visual excitement to your outdoor living space. Pairing one with a hardscape seating wall help to create a defined area that’s beautiful, functional, and comfortable.

A hardscape fire pit or outdoor fireplace can be the centerpiece of a patio in your outdoor living area. It’s a great feature that can extend your outdoor season in colder climates well into the fall. Gathering around the fire is the perfect way to enjoy time with your family and friends. The best part is that a fire pit or outdoor fireplace can be incorporated into any outdoor space.

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If you’re looking to take your outdoor living space’s design to the next level, a seating wall is the perfect statement piece for your backyard. These structures can be made of many different materials giving you the ability to create a truly unique, custom look. Seating walls are not only beautiful, they’re highly functional.

With a seating wall, you won’t have to buy outdoor furniture. That means no more rusty iron or wet cushions! It’s the perfect long-term, low maintenance option. In terms of design, a seating wall can improve the flow of your landscape and tie everything together.


A water feature can really bring your outdoor living space to life! In fact, adding a water feature like a fountain, waterfall, or small pond has grown in popularity in the past few years. A water feature brings movement and beauty to your outdoor space and works with any design.

Whether you choose to add a waterfall, fountain, or small pond complete with koi and water plants, a water feature is a beautiful decoration for your outdoor space. If you’re looking for a unique, ever-changing feature that can be a relaxing focal point in your outdoor landscape, an outdoor water feature can tie the look of your entire space together.

For many homeowners, one of the primary drivers for creating a backyard retreat is to have a space to relax and recharge. The pleasant sounds and calming visuals a water feature provides is the perfect way to create a tranquil ambiance in your outdoor living space.


A pergola can fit into any outdoor living space design, and they work great with other features and spaces, like fire pits and outdoor dining rooms. Whether the pergola you choose has curved lines or straight ones, this structure is eye-catching, whether it’s attached to your home or free-standing. While they’re elegant and create opportunities for shade, a pergola makes your space more functional. They are also another great way to define boundaries within your design.

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A pergola can provide instant shade and help block out the sun’s harmful UV rays creating the perfect space for enjoying dinner with your family or relaxing in the evening under the stars. Add lighting and plants, and you’ll have the ideal spot for enjoying a glass of wine with friends.


Part of creating the perfect design is adding accents and elements to enhance the visual appeal of your space. No matter how beautiful your design and the materials you choose, your outdoor living space can look dull without pops of color, or dimensional, architectural elements.

Adding built-in planters and columns made with retaining wall blocks provide a permanent area for adding color, dimension, and texture to your spaces. Coordinating with your pavers and landscape walls can tie your overall design together.

Planters and columns along the driveway or sidewalk in front of your home can add curb appeal and make a statement as visitors pull up to your home. When placed near doorways, planters and columns create a welcoming effect and can add architectural interest to your home.

Planters are also the perfect accent for dressing up retaining walls, which, while necessary, can be visually dull. Add dimension and interest to larger retaining walls with planters along the base of the wall. In fact, planters can add dimension and a pop of color and foliage to soften the look of larger structures like fireplaces, fire pits, water features, or your patio.

Want to up the culinary wow factor for your outdoor kitchen? Why not add a planter garden. It’s not only a great way to add visual interest to your patio; it’s the perfect space to grow fresh herbs for your favorite family chef!

Your outdoor living space is an important element of your home. Adding visual interest and enhancing your design by going vertical is a great option. If you’re interested in learning more about how to add visual interest and aesthetic value to your outdoor living space, and you live in the greater San Francisco Bay area, give the experts at Bayside Pavers a call at (925) 291-9384.

If you’re interested in learning more about outdoor living space design, visit one of our two convenient locations.

In the East or South Bay areas, stop by our Concord, CA location at 2455 Bates Ave., Ste K.

In the North Bay, our Santa Rosa location at 1619 4th Street, Ste 12, is ready to help!

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