Creating outdoor living space for entertaining can be a costly undertaking that causes a budget restricted homeowner to think twice about doing a project. One of the big ticket items for outdoor living space is the choice of the paving material for the floor element. Creating gravel gardens is a low-cost alternative that still provides valued outdoor space for gathering but keeps the budget within reach.
Like any type of outdoor living area, the key to creating space that feels comfortable is to provide definition and create the sense of enclosure. Gravel is a good choice to define the floor area or for pathway circulation, but make sure to also include vertical elements that develop the room like quality.
The wall element can include low seating walls that provide informal places to sit or it may be taller screening structures such as a vertical trellis or tall plantings.
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