Backyard on the Lake
This could be the best seat out of the house. Here is a home whose lakeside view only gets better when seen from this hot tub encircled in stone or the fire pit. With a stone island grill/fireplace combination, this homeowner expands the enjoyment and value they get from their home.
For a more clever grill setup, you can install it right in the back of a fire feature, just like in this backyard. With plenty of room to prep and an amazing lakeside view, there are few better places to cook.
This patio uses an attractive, but no-nonsense stone tile around the pool area for easy clean-up and more decorative stone around the hot tub and fire pit area. A gentle curve separating the two makes for a more pleasant looking transition.
This is another great example of a retaining wall used well functionally while still looking great. Creating levels for landscaping can give your retaining wall more character.
Using rocks in your landscaping is a no-hassle option. They require less upkeep than most other ground cover, and they look great. For more accessible places, mulch works just as well.