As hardscapers in the beautiful southern Maine region, we’ve seen a growing trend that has us really excited — more and more homeowners are looking to create outdoor living spaces that bring the comforts of their living rooms into the great outdoors. And why wouldn’t they? With our stunning natural scenery and temperate summers, it’s the perfect opportunity to slow down, reconnect with nature, and make lasting memories with family and friends — all without leaving the backyard.

Building an outdoor living room is all about blending the best of both worlds. You get to kick back and relax in the fresh air and lush greenery, but you don’t have to sacrifice those little amenities that make life comfortable. It’s like having your own personal retreat, just steps from your back door. Whether you’re hosting a big gathering or just looking for a tranquil escape from the daily grind, an outdoor living space provides the perfect setting.


Why Build an Outdoor Living Room?

Connecting with nature is certainly a major draw — numerous studies have shown that spending time outdoors can reduce stress levels, improve overall well-being, and provide a sense of rejuvenation. But an outdoor living room offers so much more than just a connection to the great outdoors.

For many homeowners, it’s about maximizing their living space and creating a true extension of their home. With an outdoor living area, you’re essentially adding an entire new room to your house — one that can be used for entertaining, dining, relaxing or even working from home on beautiful summer days. It’s a way to take advantage of every square foot of your property and get more use out of your backyard.


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An outdoor living room can also significantly increase the value and appeal of your home. Potential buyers are often drawn to properties that offer well-designed outdoor spaces, as it allows them to envision themselves enjoying countless memorable moments in the fresh air and sunshine. It’s an investment that not only enhances your own lifestyle but can pay dividends down the road.

Let’s dive into some practical ways to build an outdoor living room that’s both functional and inviting, allowing you to make the most of this exceptional addition to your home.


Create Cozy Conversation Areas

Start with a comfortable seating area on a patio anchored by a fire pit or outdoor fireplace. Use durable materials like bluestone, flagstone or stone pavers for the patio surface. Pavers come in a wide variety of colors, shapes and textures to complement any patio design style. Add some built-in seating with stone benches or low retaining walls. Surround the area with strategic plantings for a bit of privacy and to enhance the natural feel. Get more ideas for privacy to create a secluded backyard right here.


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Al Fresco Dining Spaces

Outdoor dining is a great way to enjoy meals and the great outdoors simultaneously. Here’s how to set up an inviting dining area:


Patio Dining Sets

Choose sturdy, weather-resistant materials like teak, aluminum, wrought iron, or wood for your patio dining set. Teak and certain woods like acacia, eucalyptus, and cypress have natural oils that make them particularly resilient against the elements. Round tables create a cozy atmosphere, while rectangular tables are better for larger gatherings.


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Outdoor Kitchens or Grill Stations

Elevate your outdoor dining with a grill station or a full outdoor kitchen. Incorporate a built-in grill, counter space for prep, and maybe even a sink. Using stone for counters and surrounds ensures durability and adds a cohesive look to your outdoor space.


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Enhance Your Outdoor Entertainment

Creating an inviting atmosphere is key to taking your outdoor living room from a simple patio to an entertainment destination. With the right audio and visual elements, you can craft a true backyard retreat that keeps the party going long after the sun sets.

Outdoor Audio Systems

Extend your listening experience beyond the four walls with a weatherproof outdoor audio system. Discreetly tucked speakers can broadcast music throughout your patio and landscaping, setting the perfect mood for any occasion. Opt for rock speakers that blend seamlessly into the surroundings or go for sleek, mounted options to complement a more contemporary aesthetic.

Outdoor TV and Projectors

For the ultimate outdoor entertainment, consider incorporating an all-weather TV or a projector system. Create an outdoor theater by projecting movies or shows onto a portable screen or even a blank wall or fence. Or, mount a TV in a covered area to enjoy your favorite shows and sports while lounging outdoors.

Build Relaxation Zones

Everyone needs a spot to unwind. Create a lounging area with comfortable options like daybeds, chaise lounges, or hammocks. Use stone pavers as the foundation to ensure longevity.

Shade Structures

Include shade structures like pergolas, retractable awnings or gazebos. These not only provide relief from the sun but also add a structural element to your design. Use materials like wood or metal and consider adding climbing plants for a natural canopy.


outdoor pergola

Add Water Features for Ambiance

Incorporate water features such as fountains, ponds or waterfalls. Stone is an excellent material for these, providing durability and a natural look. The sound of running water can be incredibly soothing and adds a dynamic visual element to your space.




Looking for more ways to cultivate an outdoor oasis? Check out our blog on designing a serene retreat.

Utilize Elevation with Terraced Designs

If your backyard has a slope, use it to create terraced outdoor living areas. Build retaining walls with stone to manage the elevation changes. These walls not only look great but also help prevent soil erosion. Stone staircases can connect different levels, adding functionality and visual appeal.


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Design Distinct Zones

Organize your space by creating zones for different activities like dining, lounging, and entertaining. Use hardscaping elements such as stone pathways and retaining walls to delineate these areas.

Lighting Design for Safety and Ambiance

Lighting is crucial for extending the use of your outdoor space into the evening. Consider these options:

  • Path Lights: These lights guide you safely through your garden and highlight the beauty of your landscaping.
  • Uplights: Use uplights to cast dramatic shadows and highlight features like trees or architectural elements.
  • String Lights and Lanterns: String lights add a warm glow and are easy to install. Lanterns offer ambient light and can be moved around as needed.


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Find more inspiration for creating captivating mood lighting right here.

Bringing Your Vision to Life

At Stone Solutions Maine, we’re with you from the initial consultation to the final installation. We’ll work with you to plan your design and ensure your outdoor living space matches your vision. Our experienced team builds with meticulous attention to detail, using top-quality materials to create a space you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Ready to turn your backyard space into an outdoor living room? Contact us today to schedule a consultation and start planning your project.