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Reviving outdoor spaces: stone patios, decks, and outdoor kitchens

June 03, 2024   |   By
Stone home with large windows overlooking the patio, swimming pool and established garden.

Busy lives never seem less frenzied, and moments of tranquillity are often rare commodities. Amid the hustle and bustle, an outdoor sanctuary can serve as the perfect antidote to the chaos, offering a much-needed respite from work and other responsibilities.

As more homeowners focus on beautifying their homes, we’re turning the spotlight on ways to transform outdoor areas into extensions of indoor living spaces. Among the many options available, stone patios, outdoor kitchens, fire features, and ambience enhancements are essential home improvements in the revitalisation process.

Stone Patios

A light stone house with a contrasting grey patio, filled with flowers and a wooden bench in the centre.

Outdoor stone paving naturally complements outdoor spaces, blending with kitchen flooring and enhancing the allure of any garden. Known for its easy cutting, simple installation, and timeless aesthetic appeal, Stamford Stone at Home’s limestone is a popular choice for garden and patio paving. Each stone paver features unique characteristics that age gracefully over time.

Beyond its visual charm, natural stone paving offers practical advantages. With smaller joints compared to concrete, it minimises opportunities for weed growth, reducing the need for frequent maintenance and replacements. At Stamford Stone at Home, we offer an extensive collection of external stone paving options in various sizes, shapes, and materials to suit every outdoor style preference, including:

– World stone

– Traditional York stone

– Hand-dressed and tumbled natural stone cobbles and block setts

– Heritage and Whitton ranges

– Stone embellishments, such as walling, balustrades, benches, and stunning bespoke stone steps with bull-nosed fronts

Fire Features

Short stone wall surrounding a firepit with flowers and plants in the background.

Imagine the crackling of firewood, the warmth of flickering flames, and an inviting glow illuminating your outdoor gatherings. Fire features like natural stone outdoor fire pits or fireplaces offer warmth and ambience to your outdoor space. 

Whether nestled in the corner of a stone patio or integrated into the design of an outdoor kitchen, fire features create focal points that draw guests in for fireside chats. Our experts can help you choose the right location and design the space to blend with the surrounding landscape while maximising safety and visual appeal.

Outdoor Kitchens

Stone extension overlooking the pool, featuring bright furniture and oak beams into the ceiling.

For culinary enthusiasts and entertainers alike, an outdoor kitchen is the epitome of luxury living — a place for gathering, making memories, and whipping up delicious cuisine. 

Reviving or adding an outdoor kitchen to your outdoor space opens up a world of possibilities for al fresco dining and entertaining. Complete with essential components such as a BBQ, an outdoor fridge, and a bar cart, your outdoor kitchen turns every meal into a party. 

Accessorising Outdoor Spaces

Two images of a garden featuring a natural stone wall, stone paving and ambient lighting.

No outdoor space is complete without accessories that add personality, comfort, style, and functionality to outdoor areas. Every accessory adds a finishing touch, from seating and cushions to rugs, blankets, and throw pillows.

Along with accessories, consider adding warm lighting, such as market string lights, lanterns, and wall sconces. Incorporate a sound system to set the mood for your gatherings with curated music. 

Privacy Features

Lush grass and established trees lead on from a stone patio and steps.

Screening with plants and greenery, installing privacy walls, or strategically placing furniture keeps your outdoor space secluded. By carefully considering the layout and design of your outdoor area, you can strike a balance between openness and privacy, ensuring your outdoor space is private yet welcoming to guests.

Contact the Experts at Stamford Stone at Home

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Revitalising your outdoor space requires careful consideration of design, functionality, and ambience. From stone patios and outdoor kitchens to fire features and proper ambience, every element works together to create your outdoor sanctuary.

Whether you prefer a bold statement or classic elegance, our outdoor stone paving collection promises to elevate your exterior space. For expert guidance on selecting the perfect exterior paving for your home, browse our current ranges or schedule a visit to our showroom. Contact us today at 01780 740 970 for personalised assistance and advice.