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5 Backyard Dream Options for Planning & Design

March 16, 2024

You’re dreaming of a backyard renovation so you can enjoy time outdoors this summer. But for many people, they often aren’t sure where to start. Another item they are unsure of — the cost.

“The cost of an outdoor area can vary based on several factors,” says Joe Raboine, our Vice President of Design at Oldcastle APG. “Your terrain, product selection, features included, like a patio, outdoor kitchen or fire feature, and labor costs for your area all determine your final price tag.”

To get started on some ideas for building the backyard of your dreams, explore Belgard’s affordable Backyard + packages. With the many options available, discover what you can get within certain budget ranges.

Option 1: Budget-Friendly Patio

  • Image features Belgard Backyard + Package 1, Dimensions™ Pavers for a modern patio.
  • Belgard Backyard +, Origins™ Package 1 Pavers.

If you are looking to build your backyard on a budget, a simple but stylish patio is a great place to start. You can design and build a patio made from concrete pavers starting at around $7,800. Product choices, prep work and labor will determine the final price.

Option 2: Patio + Built-In Grill

  • Image features Belgard Backyard + Package 2, Dimensions™, includes patio with built-in grill.
  • Patio with built-in grill

If you are working within a bigger budget, you can consider a patio with a built-in grill. In addition to the hardscape patio, you’ll add in a grilling island.

You can make this using a product like Belgard Artforms, with a grill from the Belgard Elements Collection. The cost for a project like this starts at around $15,500. Again, several factors come into play when determining the final cost.

Option 3: Patio + Built-In Grill & Fire Pit

  • Image features Belgard Backyard + Package 3, Dimensions™, Patio with built-in fire pit and built-in grill.
  • Patio, built-in fire pit, built-in grill

Add a fire pit! In addition to a patio with a built-in grill, why not include a warm, inviting place where everyone can gather on cool evenings?

A warm glow from a fire pit creates ambiance and enhances the beauty of your outdoor space. Plus, everyone can now roast marshmallows and make smores under a starry sky. A patio with a grill and fire pit can cost approximately $23,800. The price may vary depending on your location, the materials used, and other site-specific factors.

  • Image features Belgard Backyard + Package 4, Dimensions™ includes patio, built-in Kamado grill/smoker, built-in grill, built-in fire pit.
  • Patio, built-in Kamado/smoker, built-in grill, built-in fire pit

Do you want to increase your outdoor cooking options? Put on an outdoor chef’s hat and step up to a built-in Blue Diamond Kamado in your grilling area. This versatile addition allows you to smoke, bake, or grill delicious meals to enjoy on the patio, opening up many possibilities. Plus, with its eye-catching blue hue and gemstone pattern, it is sure to become the centerpiece of your patio.

Having an extra culinary option like this makes hosting large get-togethers a cinch. The cost of a patio that includes a built-in grill with Blue Diamond Kamado and a fire pit starts at around $29,000 and can vary depending on region, product and site considerations.     

  • patio, built-in grill, built-in fire pit, patio lighting, Kamado and Pergola
  • Patio, built-in grill, Kamado, built-in fire pit, pergola, patio lighting

Do you want to provide a unique setting for dining or entertaining on the patio? A pergola brings a modern twist of beauty with form and function for all to enjoy. Customize with decorative screen panels for roofs and sidewalls to provide shade and privacy.

Along with the pergola, be sure everyone sees at night! A well-lit patio makes all the difference. Consider additions, such as LED pillar lights, pathway lights, and accent lights.

LED pillar lights in classic or modern styles are usually mounted on columns and beautifully offer great illumination. Install pathway lights on your patio’s edges to provide lighting that is low to the ground.

Consider accent lights, especially for your home’s exterior walls. These will bring light into areas where you will need it.

The cost for a well-lit patio with a built-in grill and Blue Diamond Kamado, fire pit, and pergola starts at around $34,250 and can vary depending on region, product, and site considerations. You can always add or remove features to bring your full outdoor vision to life according to budget.

More About Backyard +

Backyard + from Belgard allows you to find the best option for your outdoor space and budget. Here’s how it works:

Step 1

Belgard Backyard+
Using Backyard +, you can find out how to build your dream outdoor space based on your budget.

Start by choosing a style that speaks to you, such as the natural look of the Origins™ pavers or the modern feel of the Dimensions™ pavers for your paver patio. Then, you can add features like a fire pit to personalize your backyard.

Step 2

A foundation of an outdoor living space is a paver patio. From there, you can add and budget from Belgard’s carefully curated selection of choices and features such as a built-in grill, fire pit, Blue Diamond smoker, or all of the above with a pergola and lighting to extend the usability of your space.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to a backyard renovation. Backyard + offers you a great starting point for considering designs that are best for your well-being.

See this year’s top outdoor living trends for more inspiration.

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