Family-Friendly Patio Design Ideas

When investing in an outdoor living installation, consider features that offer multi-generational appeal. This will not only help your family enjoy the space more now, but will also add to your home’s resale value down the road. If you’re designing a family-friendly patio space specifically with kids in mind, it’s also important to think long term. Plan features that will entice them to spend more time outside now, but will still be appealing to you later once the nest is empty. Here are some inspirational backyard design ideas with those considerations in mind.

Backyard Interactive Fountains

An interactive fountain is a picturesque water feature that can double as a play area during warmer months. Small children will be enthralled for hours at at time running through the dancing waters. And in the off-season, or in later years, you’ll still enjoy listening to the soothing sounds and watching the playful spouts. These fountains can either be created with a water-recycling permeable paver system, or by adding a drain system to standard pavers.

  • Eco Dublin® permeable paver patio space
  • Subterra® permeable paver patio ideas
  • Urbana Stone® and Cambridge Cobble paver patio design ideas

Firepits and Outdoor Fireplaces

Nothing offers multi-generational appeal like a fire feature. The fabulous thing about a fire pit or outdoor fireplace is that it will actually entice multiple generations to spend time together. A backyard fire tears down generational barriers and allows everyone to enjoy each other’s company while listening to the crackle, watching the flames, roasting marshmallows and telling stories — all while creating new stories to be told later.

  • Belair Wall fire pit with seat walls
  • Mega Arbel sunken fire pit
  • Weston Wall outdoor fireplace

Garden Walls and Seat Walls

A garden wall offers the multi-functional ability to serve as a retaining wall, seating space or a decorative component to your outdoor spaces. It can be a spot for landing G.I. Joe’s helicopter, lining up Barbies for a modeling show, or just hanging out with a friend to tell secrets (that last one works for any age). You can also use landscape walls to build a raised garden bed that can either house science fair experiments, herbs and veggies for farm-to-table dinners, or elegant gladiolas.

  • Celtik Wall garden seat walls
  • Weston Stone Wall Urban Flower Garden Built-in Garden Design
  • Celtik Wall raised garden planters

Outdoor Kitchens with Multiple Cooking Surfaces

As the kids get older, if you want your house to be the one where all their friends come to hang out, be aware that adolescents and teens feed like a plague of locusts. You’re going to need multiple cooking surfaces to feed the masses. And you’re going to prefer they hang out outside, which is MUCH easier to clean before or after a gathering. Honestly, isn’t that why leaf blowers were invented?

  • Bristol outdoor pizza oven and bar design ideas
  • Tandem Modular Grid Outdoor Kitchen with multiple cooking surfaces
  • Weston Wall outdoor kitchen with pizza oven and wine cooler

Outdoor Bar Top Dining

When designing an outdoor kitchen, a bar top dining area is a must — and you can never have too much seating space. Everyone wants to sit near the cook to visit during food prep. Plus, kids love to eat at a bar and let their little legs dangle. And adults love to sit at the bar to watch the game. That’s why sports bars exist, so why not just have one at home where you can watch what YOU want.

  • Weston Stone® wall and Bergerac® paver patio family-friendly
  • Weston Wall outdoor kitchen with bartop dining

Patio Chalk Art

Kids (and some grownups) can entertain themselves for hours with a box of chalk and a concrete surface. And with a simple spray of water, the canvas is ready for the next artist. Smooth-faced pavers work best for drawing, and modular styles like Lafitt® Grana Slab can offer natural boxes for housing separate creations…or opportunities to color outside the lines. Patio pavers with textured surfaces can also be fun for creating colorful, abstract chalk designs.

  • Lafitt Grana Slab Outdoor Living Room Family-friendly
  • Lafitt Rustic Slab with chalk designs patio ideas

Multi-Zoned Outdoor Living Areas

Whether you typically host adult gatherings, family get-togethers, or kid paloozas, having multiple entertainment zones is a must. This allows for the natural creation of different conversation areas, or even separate play areas. The moms can visit together in one zone while the kids play with blocks in another. Or one zone can be for cinephiles to discuss the latest twist in the Marvel universe, while elsewhere a group of oenophiles can discuss the intricate flavors of their latest Pinot Noir discovery.

  • Lafitt Rustic Slab Outdoor Living Room with pergola
  • Family-friendly patio design with multiple entertaining zones
  • Outdoor Kitchen and living room design ideas

What Other Bloggers are Saying About the Belgard Outdoor Spaces of the HGTV® Dream Home 2019

Congratulations to former Indiana preschool teacher Beverly Fulkerson, winner of the HGTV Dream Home 2019 in picturesque Whitefish, Montana. The beautifully furnished designer home was part of a prize package valued at $2.3 million.

The stunning HGTV® Dream Home 2019 has been getting lots of interest from design bloggers around the country. As the exclusive hardscape sponsor, Belgard is excited to be part of all the buzz. Even though it’s too late to win this stylish mountainside retreat, that doesn’t mean you can’t still get inspiration from the design ideas to create your own beautiful spaces. Take a look at what some of the most influential design bloggers are saying:

Southern State of Mind

HGTV® Dream Home 2019 in Whitefish, Montana
This southern blogger looks right at home on the fabulous doorstep of the mountainside retreat. (Photo credit: Southern State of Mind)

Heather is an Atlanta blogger who has been featured in regional and national magazines and specializes in Southern style and living. Read this southern girl’s take on the exterior and interior design of the HGTV Dream Home 2019.

Run to Radiance

Obsessed with DIY projects, blogger Tania lives in Dallas with her real estate agent husband, Scott. The couple regularly relocates from fixer-upper to fixer-upper with Tania blogging about each renovation project along the way. Together, they took a trek to the HGTV Dream Home 2019 to get ideas for renovating their current home.

Belgard Design Studio Outdoor Living Space Rendering
Design rendering of Tiana’s and Steve’s current home. (Image credit: Belgard Design Studio)

During their visit to Montana, Tania and Scott viewed the Belgard Design Studio’s virtual reality design renderings of the backyard of this year’s HGTV Dream Home and were blown away by the realism. They then worked with the Design Studio to develop outdoor makeover ideas for their current fixer-upper. Read about it in the blog below.

Wit & Delight

HGTV® Dream Home 2019 Outdoor Fireplace Patio Living Space
Kate Arends writes about how outdoor fireplaces make the perfect venue for meaningful memories. (Photo credit: Wit & Delight)

An award-winning marketing consultant for the design industry, Kate Arends is a St. Paul-based blogger renowned for working with brands like Target and Fossil. See what this design expert had to say about the experience of visiting the HGTV Dream Home 2019.

Coco Kelley

HGTV® Dream Home 2019 Outdoor Fireplace in Winter
Coco Kelley blogger Cassandra LaValle writes about how the design focuses on the view and the expansive outdoor living spaces. (Photo credit: Coco Kelley)

Based in Seattle, Coco Kelley is a platform dedicated to a “well-styled life” from design and entertaining to food and travel. So, traveling to scenic Whitefish, Montana, was right up founder Cassandra LaValle’s alley. Get her take on the home’s indoor/outdoor living concept.

Gardening Know How

Shelley writes about how the Belgard outdoor spaces make the perfect setting for enjoying the outdoors during every season. (Photo Credit: Shelley Pierce)

Of course, no blog about outdoor design bloggers would be complete without a foray into the world of gardening. Despite the snowy landscape during the December launch of the HGTV Dream Home 2019 Giveaway, gardening guru Shelley Pierce found a lot to blog about, thanks to the home’s ample natural light and indoor/outdoor living concept. Not only did she cover the topics of bringing the outdoors in, but also offered sage advice on tackling Montana’s challenging gardening season — from plant choices to protecting your garden from hungry elk.

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A Bird’s Eye View into Three Stunning Belgard Backyards

(Cue Music) Drones…HUH! What are they good for? Giving backyard enthusiasts the optimal ocular experience needed to start planning their dream backyard. Okay, maybe the original song was better. But luckily, we’re not in the music business. We’re in the business of creating beautiful outdoor living spaces. In today’s blog, we’re letting the drones do the talking (singing) with three majestic videos that capture inspirational designs from every angle.

This Backyard is a Hole-In-One

This golf lover’s patio features the natural cut flagstone look of Lafitt® pavers complemented by a semicircular ashlar Tandem® Wall, which features the appearance of natural chiseled stone and borders a rustic fire pit. Sweeping arches throughout the design provide the perfect complement to a private backyard putting green that offers three different holes to help improve your short game. Contrasting paver borders and alternating paver patterns help create the illusion of separate outdoor rooms. Grab your putter and check it out!


Installer: Articulate Landscaping, Cedar Grove, WI

Warning! This Backyard is Too Hot (Almost)

This backyard design is anchored on one end by a hot tub pergola and by a fire pit patio on the other. And in the center, a beautifully constructed built-in grill island accommodates two different types of grills. Now that’s hot! The open pergola sits on the stone pillars of a landscape wall and slightly shrouds the multi-person hot tub. A u-shaped stone seat wall surrounds the fire pit, defining the space and providing extra seating. The design is all accentuated by Lafitt® and Mega-Arbel® pavers laid in patterns that define each entertaining area and feature an artistic inlaid triple-diamond mosaic. Take a look!


Installer: Central Services Co., Waukesha, WA

Take a Trip to Belgard’s Grill Island

This trip begins with a peek at a cozy outdoor living room, featuring a Bordeaux™ Series Fireplace that gives the space a nice rustic feel to it. The stacked stone fireplace is accented by two matching wood storage boxes. The outdoor living room is covered by an open-air pavilion that ties in with the look of the home’s roofline. An inlaid paver pattern creates a faux paver area rug to complete the “living room” look. Next stop is a contemporary Lafitt™ Grana Slab patio that features a multi-purpose L-shaped grill island and bar, outfitted with both a stainless gas grill and a charcoal kamado grill. The island includes an expansive stone countertop for all food prep and serving needs. The best part about this trip? It’s only one click away.

Installer: Celtic Landscaping, Channahon, IL

Introducing the Weston Stone® Line
of Outdoor Living Kits

The antiqued tumbled-stone appearance of Weston Stone® instantly transforms a simple patio or back yard into a welcoming outdoor living space that compliments any architectural style. With a look that coordinates well with both classic and contemporary design themes, Weston Stone is a versatile wall product that can be used to construct retaining walls, outdoor kitchens, built-in seating and a variety of outdoor living structures and accents.

Now, it’s easier than ever to create beautifully coordinated outdoor living designs with Belgard’s new Weston Stone® line of outdoor living kits (availability varies by market). The revolutionary design of the Weston Kit line earned it an award from Landscape Business magazine as one of the top 20 new landscape products of 2019.

Each kit features an average build time of four hours or less and includes all the needed materials to construct each element, including the required number and sizes of Weston Stone wall blocks, Structure Bond™ masonry adhesive and an applicator gun. Because of the reduced number of masonry cuts required and the step-by-step contractor instructions, these convenient kits add beauty and function to outdoor living spaces for less time and with less waste, which translates to lower overall costs.

Weston Stone® Grill Island Kit

Whether part of an outdoor kitchen or as a stand-alone feature, the Weston Stone Grill Island Kit offers both style and performance with a Napoleon® Prestige 500 grill and matching stainless doors. The efficient design of the Grill Island Kit requires a total of only eight masonry cuts, ensuring quick and efficient installation.

Weston Stone® Linear Fireplace

Weston Stone Linear Outdoor Living Fireplace Kit

Transform a patio into a charming outdoor living room with the stylish Weston Stone Linear Fireplace Kit. Featuring open-air European styling, the Linear Fireplace Kit includes a burner kit. With only three cuts required during installation, the marshmallows will be roasting in no time!

Weston Stone® Linear Fire Pit

Weston Stone Linear Outdoor Living Kits Fire Pit

The ideal centerpiece for a sitting area, the rectangular Weston Stone Linear Fire Pit Kit offers ample surface area for resting drinks or propping up feet to relax. The Linear Fire Pit kit includes a burner kit and requires only 14 cuts during installation.

Classic Weston Stone® Fire Pit Kits

Weston Stone Outdoor Living Fire Pit Kits

An affordable way to add beauty and functionality to any back yard outdoor living design, the classic wood-burning Weston Stone Fire Pit Kit is available in either a square or circular shape, depending upon the market. Kits include a metal insert that adds durability and provides a finished look. Upgrade options include a variety of coping and wall caps to add an elegant touch.

Sample Color Options

Weston Stone Outdoor Living Kits Color Options

Weston Stone outdoor living kits are available in a variety of color options to coordinate beautifully with other Belgard pavers and retaining walls. Due to the use of local aggregates in the manufacturing process, however, exact color options vary by market. For more information, click here to find a Belgard Authorized Contractor or Dealer near you.

Product Availability

Weston Stone Classic Fire Pit Kits are available nationwide, but shape varies by region, with some areas offering the round fire pit kit and others offering the square kit. The Weston Stone Grill Island, Linear Fireplace and Linear Fire Pit kits are currently available in Florida, Nevada and California with availability planned for additional markets in the future.

Virtual Tour of the Outdoor Spaces of the HGTV® Dream Home 2019

HGTV 2019 Dream Home Tour
Photo: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

As a proud sponsor of the HGTV® Dream Home 2019, Belgard is excited to offer you this virtual tour of the spectacular views and inviting outdoor living spaces of this fabulous mountainside retreat. Located in the picturesque outdoor paradise of Whitefish, Montana, the 2019 HGTV Dream Home was designed to take advantage of the dramatic mountainside views. With an abundance of picture windows and stack-back folding glass walls, this modern mountain lodge offers contemporary indoor-outdoor flow that allows the breathtaking outdoor living areas to be a seamless continuation of the indoor environment.

HGTV 2019 Dream Home: Outdoor Tour Video

Created by the Belgard Design Studio, this animated photorealistic video will take you on a virtual tour of the pre-construction outdoor living design with an aerial fly-through of the home’s expansive outdoor living room, dining area and porches.

Outdoor Living Photo Tour

Next, peruse images and design commentary of the home’s completed outdoor living spaces.

Outdoor Living Room
HGTV 2019 Dream Home Tour
Photo: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

The outdoor living room and patio were positioned at an offset angle so as to not interrupt the panoramic skyline of Glacier National Park. The design is anchored by a Bordeaux™ Series Outdoor Fireplace with matching wood boxes. The stacked-stone look of the Bordeaux pieces blends well with the natural environment, adding a rustic elegance to the design. Avalon Slate pavers are laid in a contemporary ashlar pattern to add a modern touch, and feature a slate-like texture and color blend that mimics tones found in the surrounding mountainscape. Wicker sofas, additional bench seating and rustic accessories enhance the eclectic look.

Grill Island and Dining Area
HGTV 2019 Dream Home Outdoor Tour
Photo: Tomas Espinoza

The outdoor living room patio steps down to the dining area to create two distinct outdoor rooms. A Bordeaux™ Series Grill Island coordinates with the stacked-stone look of the adjacent outdoor fireplace. The grill island is positioned to allow the outdoor chef to take in the lovely view of Whitefish Lake during meal prep. The ample patio allows for additional gathering space for entertaining larger groups. Rustic wooden dining furniture lends a classic touch to the space.

 Built-In Seat Wall
HGTV 2019 Dream Home Outdoor Living Tour
Photo: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography

The chiseled-stone look of Tandem® Modular Grid coordinates with the tones and textures of the paver field, providing the framework for post columns and a built-in bench seat at the foot of the dining area. The seat wall and columns not only add a sophisticated touch to the porch, but provide permanent seating. Throw pillows soften the look, add a touch of comfort and help tie the design together.

Indoor-Outdoor Flow

Every first floor room facing the back of the home features folding glass doors that act as picture windows during the winter months and open to create seamless indoor-outdoor living during the milder months. The kitchen window also features bar seating for indoor-outdoor entertaining. The porch is divided into distinct conversation zones, including a Scandanavian-style hot tub and a cozy private sitting area off of the master bedroom.

2019 HGTV Dream Home Tour Outdoor Living Space
Photos: Robert Peterson, Rustic White Photography
 Striking Entryway

In addition to the backyard, Belgard also provided Noon Porcelain Pavers for the HGTV 2019 dream home’s dramatic entryway. The eclectic design of the entry sets the architectural tone for home’s contemporary/rustic design theme. Stone veneer provides a classic mountain look, but with contemporary color blends. The front door, beams and light fixture offer classic touches that are offset by the landing’s contemporary paver design. Planters add pops of color and a finishing touch to the eclectic look.

HGTV Dream Home 2019 Tour Outdoor Living Photo: Tomas Espinoza.

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PROJECT PROFILE: Southern California Outdoor Living Project of the Year

Southern California Outdoor Living Project of the Year - ©2018 Western Outdoor Design & Build
©2018 Western Outdoor Design & Build

Presenting the Belgard SoCal 2018 Best Outdoor Living Project featuring Lafitt® Grana Slab in Montecito and Toscana color blends. The spectacular outdoor living space of this San Diego home features a classically shaped pool with a paving stone pool deck and a raised spa that doubles as a water feature.

Outdoor Kitchen Paver Patio - ©2018 Western Outdoor Design & Build
©2018 Western Outdoor Design & Build

Adjacent to the pool sits a well-equipped raised outdoor kitchen that features a paver patio, multiple cooking surfaces, ample storage and built-in  stainless appliances. The kitchen is accented by industrial string lighting and flanked by a rustic covered outdoor living room and dining area.

Natural Stone Outdoor Fireplace - ©2018 Western Outdoor Design & Build
©2018 Western Outdoor Design & Build

An eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional design elements, the covered area includes a stunning natural stone outdoor fireplace, infrared heaters, a built-in television cubby, and a large dining area — making it the ultimate year-round outdoor entertaining spot. Installer Western Outdoor Design & Build incorporated natural stone accents throughout the space to tie the design together.

Pool Patio Paver - ©2018 Western Outdoor Design & Build
©2018 Western Outdoor Design & Build