Create a Backyard Getaway: Ensure Privacy. Your outdoor room will feel more like an oasis if it has a sense of enclosure. Fences and garden walls ensure privacy for patios, but you can also use lattice, pergolas, and landscaping to define outdoor spaces and screen views of neighboring houses.
The combination of rendered walls, wide steps, warm stone copings and nice planting is very nice. A white render and darker brown or grey stone would look good in the cottage - a more refined version of what you currently have.