Southern hospitality

A Charleston-style garden comes to life in Dayton with additions that reflect these empty-nesters' changing lifestyle

Wisteria vines slowly creep up the sides of this pergola, which was also created to complement the fire pit that was designed right beside it. The brick fire pit offers another entertaining option for the homeowners and is often used on cool summer nights.

A quaint little gazebo is hidden in the woods behind this home offering a quiet place for someone to spend some time.

This gorgeous new patio consists of concrete and brick pavers. To add a little interest, the craftsmen created two separate brick rectangles—one 3x3 feet and another 4x6 feet—to resemble rugs for added character.

A new staircase replaces an outdated, steep one and leads to the updated outdoor kitchen and patio. These homeowners find that the new Charleston-style design fits their aging lifestyle.

A pair of comfortable lounge chairs placed beneath this pergola create a relaxing atmosphere. A wild landscape surrounds the pergola on two sides, creating the illusion of privacy.

Perennials such as wisteria and azaleas add to the Charleston-garden theme of this renovated outdoor living space.

Planters filled with colorful flowers adorn each corner of this patio. The homeowner selected the flowers herself, some of which even invite hummingbirds on a daily basis.

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