A seat wall can add something very different to the every day patio design. It provides something vertical in what is otherwise a flat hardscape. In addition, different (but coordinating) wall materials can add even more interest.
Aside from their looks, they are functional also as they provide extra seating. More places to sit is not only a nice thing to have, but since these hardscape features are typically located along the patio perimeter, they do not take up much space. At times these small landscape structures can also be located where they divide a space...such as a large patio into two separate areas.
How to design this type of seating is not that difficult as long as you keep some dimensions in mind.
Here is a small patio seat wall made of beautiful stone.
L- shaped seating area with piers.
This 3D design shows a long seat wall with two right angles. Also notice the end column sizes in relationship to the wall itself. End columns should be designed larger (see below).
If you would like to see more seatwall designs and how to add them to your patio, take a look at my ebook on patio plans with many of my professional designs.
Stone wall with bluestone patio.
The piers may have lights on top of them, urns with plants, or be left simple. Also, the walls can be planters. Leave a wide enough border/edging for sitting. This does necessitate the wall being much wider. As an example, place 12" wide bluestone along the top perimeter of the planter, allowing a minimum of 12" planter space in width. The structure would then be 36" wide.
What material you use for your walls depends on what you use for your patio.
For a paver patio design, seat walls can be coordinating concrete block or stone. The cap can be block for block walls or even bluestone. Stone walls should have a bluestone or limestone cap.
A brick patio design looks well with brick or stone seat walls with bluestone or limestone caps.
Sitting walls for concrete patios can be almost anything. Concrete designs are usually not that busy, so stone, brick, or concrete block all will work. Just make sure the colors go well together.
There are many types of stone to use as a material too.
More Wall Pages
Stone Walls - different types of beautiful stone walls
Stone and Decorative Block Walls - pictures of my favorite stone walls and block walls to consider
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