Category Archives: Before and After

Patio Seating and Kitchen

This project, on Hilton Head Island, is a collaborative patio expansion, adding a kitchen, lighting, seating and fire pit.

The existing patio was expanded on the long side by 3′. On one end, the patio was expanded by 10′, and a kitchen is being installed by Summer Breeze Outdoor Kitchens.

(patio expanded by 3′, patio seating and fire pit added)

Also added is high back seating, using wall block and Bluestone flagstone seat and cap pieces. All corners and edges are rounded, for both a softer look and softer feel (limiting the ouchness brought on by the sharper edges).

The Cedar pergola is a pre-cut kit ordered and installed by the homeowner (with a little help from his friends). (10′ of patio added to existing, pergola by homeowner, kitchen)

Additionally, lighting was added to the seating and the steps down from the upper deck.

Wall block is Tremron Stonegate and pavers are Tremron Olde Towne. Color of both is Sierra.

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Another 10′ of seating is to be added, once the materials are again available.

Sitting Wall and Steel Planters

A sitting wall and steel planters were  added to a previously installed paver patio. The wall block is of AB (Allen Block) Free Standing Wall block and cap, with a flat cap on the added column, for continued seating and a handsome end to the wall.

Paver patio materials by Mutual Materials

Steel planters are custom built and can be made to fit almost any landscape needs.

Custom made steel planter

The sitting wall is the primary intention to finish this patio arrangement. Adding planting boxes gives a continued depth to the area and the possibilities for usage are many. Add annuals, perennials, veggies, herbs, or other plantings. Create additional accents and warmth to the sitting area.

Sitting wall with steel planters behind.









Other options:

You can also use your retaining style wall to serve as a sitting wall. This allows for additional seating along your formal and informal patio.









Add seating to your Fire Pit area.

Sitting Wall with matching Fire Pit – Allan Block Courtyard Wall Block








Wall Block with cut Flagstone cap









Steel Planters can be built in different sizes and shapes. Use them as backup features, stand alone accents, raised beds for higher profiles.

Steel Planter for herbs

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Patios Before and After

Let’s look at your existing patio or situation and see how to update and upgrade your patio. See the difference. You can expand the existing patio, or replace it altogether.

Original brick patio
Original brick patio

Rosetta Pavers with sitting wall of block and flagstone cap

Rosetta Pavers with sitting wall of block and flagstone cap.

Existing concrete patio expanded using Oregon Block Fieldstone Pavers over the existing concrete and additional compacted base. While the intention was to have a larger patio, the combined installation provides an all-one effect.







Existing concrete patio kept as is, new Fire Pit and Sitting Walls bring a whole new life and versatility to the area.







Raised patio, level with existing sidewalk, expanding the usable area. Holland Pavers supported with Manor Stone wall.

Existing rear concrete patio prior to overlay.

Existing crushed pottery base finished out with 2’x2′ Mutual Materials terra cotta colored pavers over compacted base material. Steps are of Oregon Block wall block risers capped with 2’x2′ pavers (cut to size) and faced with tiles supplied by homeowner.