Take Advantage of a Sloping Yard

by Jane VanOsdol on June 10, 2011

Yards come in all shapes and sizes. Making the most of your yard space can be a bit challenging if your outdoor space has a slope to it. However, by taking advantage of the very feature that may be driving you crazy, you can make the space much more functional for entertaining and casual use.

A sloping yard doesn’t have to be a disadvantage if you plan to make the topography work to your advantage. The way to do this is by having two outdoor spaces—an upper deck and a lower patio.

Perhaps your kitchen or living room looks out over the upper portion of your yard. Why not consider a deck design that incorporates a deck built off of that room with a dual staircase? One staircase will take you to the upper portion of your yard, while the second staircase will lead you to the lower portion of your yard. First, decide how you want to use this upper deck. Since it’s so close to the house, it may be the perfect spot for a gas grill, table and chairs and perhaps some toys for the younger kids who still need a watchful eye. You could even set up a small kid-sized tent out on the deck for your young ones to “camp” in with Mom and Dad’s supervision.

Another consideration important to the overall plan is what type of material you want to use to construct the deck. You have many choices, including pressure-treated wood, composite, PVC, cedar or redwood and tropical hardwoods. Consult with your decks and patios specialist to see which one would best fit your needs.

Next, you need to evaluate the lower part of your yard. Perhaps this space would be a perfect patio spot for an outdoor entertainment area for the family. Options abound here. Once again you have to choose the materials you want to work with. Concrete, stamped concrete, brick, brick herringbone, mortared brick, pavers, and bluestone, sandstone, and flagstone are some of your options! Let your budget help guide your choices.

A great addition to this entertainment space that will be sure to enhance any party is a stone or cultured stone fireplace. The fireplace can be wood burning or gas, whichever you prefer. Both adults and kids can’t resist the ambiance that a fireplace brings to the space. After all, who doesn’t love toasting marshmallows under a starry sky? The addition of a fireplace will also help make the space useable once the cool nights of autumn and winter arrive.

With a little research and planning, you can turn what may be the worst feature of your yard into the best by creating an in-demand entertainment space out of a little-used portion of your yard.

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