Double duty built in seating in action. The semi circular stone bench functions as seating for the fire pit area and is also a retaining wall for the newly constructed upper garden level!
Functional Landscape Design:
If you have visions of hosting crowds that are bigger than your outdoor furniture can accommodate, you should seriously consider incorporating built in seating into your landscape.
The beauty of built in seat walls is that they serve a variety of functions.
My raised vegetable garden planter is both garden and furniture!
Double Duty Raised Vegetable Gardens
My kitchen garden is conveniently located across from the cooking area so that I can pluck fresh herbs and vegetables for my dishes Â and entertain my guests while I cook.
Who wants to be alone when they are grilling?
I have a bar counter near theÂ BBQ that seats two people, but my raised planter can seat ten more!
I love how I don’t have to rent dozens of chairsÂ for my get togethers.
As a designer, it also gives me great pleasureÂ to seeÂ peopleÂ congregate in theÂ areas that I designated for seating.
Seat walls should be 18″ tall for comfortable seating
Another benefit of the seat wall in myÂ outdoor kitchen area is thatÂ it caps a raised planter for my vegetable garden.
The native soil in my yard is clay and deficient in nutrients making a raised garden bed ideal.
I don’t toil to prepare my soil for planting!
I just fill my raised garden planter Â with my favorite soil blend, (Kellogg’s Patio Plus ) and plant away.
Weeds are not a problem in my garden.
Built in Patio Seating
Built-in seating near a fireplace is practical.
In this patio it also functions as a screen.
TheÂ stone bench separates the spa area in the master bedroom retreat from the rest of the patio!
Privacy Screens and Seating
Built in seating can also be used to separate areas of your patio and create different rooms and destinations.
The long narrow patio runsÂ the span of the back of my house.
I built the arched bench to create privacy and carve out a separate master retreat area with a “hidden” spa.
Now my husband can take a dip while I have tea with my girlfriends on the other side!
I’ve ever done this, but I could if I wanted to!
*ConstructionÂ by award-winning California landscape contractor,Â Southern California Landscape, master stone masons and builders 818.834.7241.
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