Upgrading a backyard with low maintenance options
Recently we designed and built a backyard living room, a spot where you could put up your feet and enjoy the company of family and friends around a fire, inspired by the look of New Mexico.
Your backyard may not look like this, but these stylish, low-maintenance options are adaptable for any yard. Tackle one project or build them all. Then sit back and relax, knowing there’s little to no upkeep ahead.
Think of this as a stone fence held together by steel mesh. Gabion walls start with baskets or cages. (Gabbione is Italian for “big cage.”) Filled with stones, they’re often industrial structures built for erosion control. Sized right for our backyard, we incorporated them as short walls and design features.
Concrete block walls bordered our New Mexico backyard. We wanted a different style that would still be durable and low maintenance. With simple timber framing covered by exterior sheathing panels and paint, these walls gave our backyard a whole new look.