This historic estate, nestled into a hillside, brought many challenges. The rear of the house lacked any space flat enough to accommodate a table and chairs, and was largely unused due to the steep grade of the hill.
Our plan called for major excavation to provide a flat space. Carving out a flat area from the hill required skill and precision. We designed an upper landing and a set of steps to help with the grade change, incorporating an existing staircase that leads to a backdoor. We also installed natural stacked stone walls to retain the earth. Stones walls like this would have also been used in the 1920s, when this home was built, adding a historically accurate element of interest to the project.
We used flagstones to build the floor, with a geometric pattern reminiscent of a marble dance floor. We added a brick border in a rich brown color to match the antique bricks of the house.
We designed a custom waterfall using large natural boulders, to give the feeling that the water feature had always been there. A new wooden fence provided privacy, while tasteful plants brought a garden-feel to the property. We also added subtle lighting to allow the homeowners to extend get-togethers into the wee hours of the evening.
This project added a new outdoor living space to the home while boosting the property’s value.
The homeowner had little hope and little use of the backyard because of the scarce vegetation and slope of the lot.
Deterioration and overgrowth has left this backyard in much need of repair and TLC.
Very little shade was offered from this roof structure; we wanted to give the homeowner a place to enjoy the backyard, instead of fleeing from it.
It was time to sit down with the client and have a heart to heart on their wishes for their space, while also keeping the historic feel and integrity of the property.
The proposed pergola would add dappled sunlight to hit the patio, creating a much needed lounge space for the homeowners. Strategic landscaping was placed throughout to break up the hard feeling given by the hardscapes.
The 3D rendering was everything this client could have asked for. Being able to see the backyard in 3D, rather than on paper, helped the client to realize the integrity of the property would remain in tact. A green light was given soon after viewing this 3D model.
After some coercing, the construction equipment was set in place, and it was time to grade the property. Leveling the property in such a tight space was challenging, but was accomplished with great care.
Once the space was level and the base for the patio was tamped, it was time to lay the pavers. One by one the installers laid the stones out in a beautiful pattern, creating a nice balance between the crisp lines of the patio and the surrounding natural vegetation. The bluestone waits on the pallet, ready to be installed in the remaining retaining walls.
What a transformation! This once sloped, unused lot is now a patio space ready for intimate dinner parties. The historic value was kept and the backyard was enhanced to add value to the space in a cohesive manner.
This patio space is so welcoming. What a difference from what was existing when we stepped on site.
The boulder water feature adds a much needed "live" feature to this space. The relaxing sounds of trickling water creates an ultimate private retreat for those dining and lounging nearby.