How to Turn a Small Stone Space Into a Private Retreat

October 17, 2022 / Written by: Signature Landscape

October 17, 2022
Written by: Signature Landscape

Space is something most of us have to work with and once you’ve got the space, you have to make it into something comfortable and functional, like adding a stunning outdoor fireplace.

When you’re trying to build a private retreat, sometimes a small space can seem like an impossible challenge. But it doesn’t have to be! We’re going to walk you through how to turn a small stone space or private patio into a private retreat, including a stunning outdoor fireplace.

With us, you’ll learn how to create a beautiful area for relaxing in your backyard during summer and add value to your home. Take your pick of these decoration options and make your small outdoor space shine!

Set Up a Fire Pit or an Outdoor Fireplace

A fire pit is a hole in the ground filled with wood and then set on fire. It’s an outdoor fireplace that can make even the chilliest nights more bearable. Fire pits are also great for cooking food, warming up, and just making a cozy place to sit and relax with friends or family.

There are many different types of fire pits in the market. Some people prefer gas-powered fire pits because they’re easy to use and don’t require messy cleanup afterward. Others prefer wood-burning models because they’re more traditional and give off more heat than propane models do. 

Fireplaces can provide a nice centerpiece to an otherwise barren backyard, and add to the long-term value of your home. Furthermore, a fire pit is like your own personal campfire and can give you a place to put on entertaining shows for your family and friends.

You can use them for cooking, dining, socializing, or just relaxing with a glass of wine. A fire pit can turn a small stone space into a private retreat and add coziness to any outdoor area.

The stone bed that supports a fire pit should be large enough to hold several chairs. This means you can extend your entertaining area outside without crowding everyone into one tiny space like you would for a picnic table or patio set.

Bring in Some Lighting Features

If you have a small outdoor space that feels like it needs a bit more oomph, lighting is the perfect way to bring it to life. You can use string lights to add fun and interest, or spotlight fixtures will help create a cozy mood at night.

You can even incorporate pendant lights or hanging lanterns for an elegant touch.

Get Cozy with Furniture

While it’s possible to use a small stone outdoor space as an extension of your home, you’ll want to create an atmosphere that feels separate from the rest of your house. You can do this with furniture that adds warmth and comfort, creating an intimate space that’s perfect for relaxing with friends or reading a book. It’s also an ideal place for children to play outside, as long as there’s enough room!

You can use a bench, a table, or even a hammock to create an intimate space for yourself and your guests. Next, add some pillows and blankets to make it extra comfortable. Consider changing things up seasonally by adding seasonal pillows or rugs.

Spice it Up with Accessories

Accessories are the small things you can add to your space to give it some extra personality: plants here, a hanging basket there, and maybe even a rug on top of your patio. Not only will flowers, lanterns, and candles help give your space some color, but they’ll also help define the area as yours.

Decorations are the big things: statues, planters, chairs, and benches. Whatever you want. They’re also great because they add depth and color to an otherwise pale space. The trick is finding a design that fits your style while also serving its purpose in the best way possible.

Ensure Privacy with Fencing and Plantings

You want to enjoy your time outside, but you also want to be able to enjoy it away from the prying eyes of your neighbors and passers-by. Privacy is a crucial aspect of any outdoor space, and a small stone patio is no exception. While the natural beauty of a stone patio might be your priority, you may need to create more privacy for your patio as well with some landscaping.

There are several ways to increase privacy on your patio while still maintaining its open feel and natural beauty:

  • Use fencing to create a barrier between your patio and other spaces, including decks or patios. Fences can also be used to block off parts of the yard where you don’t want people walking or playing.
  • Plant tall shrubs and trees around the perimeter of your patio so that there is no way for anyone to see in from outside.

Create an Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen provides a focal point where you can cook food on your patio or deck and enjoy it in the fresh air. It also allows you to entertain friends and family members outdoors. 

There are many different types of modern outdoor kitchens available on the market today, including ones built into decks or patios, as well as portable versions that can be used whenever necessary. It creates a sense of intimacy in a setting that doesn’t require as much formality as indoor dining spaces do.

Build a Gazebo

Gazebos are a great solution in architecture for spaces that don't have much of a yard to work with because they can be installed on patios, decks, and even rooftops. As long as there's open space to install a gazebo, you can find the perfect one for your backyard or patio.

A gazebo is essentially a small garden pavilion with four pillars and a pitched roof structure. Gazebos can be made out of various materials, including wood and metal.

This beautiful, secluded area has everything you could want, including a comfy lounge chair where you can relax after a long day and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows. The gazebo is perfect for any occasion, whether a romantic dinner or just a relaxing evening out with friends.

Explore a Landscape Solution

When you're looking for a space to create a private retreat or just get away from it all, it can be hard to find a place that's both beautiful and functional. But by adding a stunning outdoor fireplace, you can turn your stone patio or backyard into an oasis of tranquility.

With our amazing outdoor fireplace ideas, you'll have the perfect centerpiece for your garden sanctuary. So, take a look at our gallery and see what we mean! We know you'll be impressed.

To get started on giving your outdoor space the love it deserves, contact us at 949-755-8636 at Signature Landscape today!

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Moe has remained committed to excellence in both design and customer service ever since day one. Today, seeing clients from many years back who are still enthusiastic and appreciative fuels his fire. Knowing he has such a positive effect on his clients and the beauty of the city he lives in drives Moe daily to strive for excellence.

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