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Intimate Spaces Require a Little Extra Attention

These photos were taken the following Summer after the renovation and planting of the courtyard space.  The courtyard was an intimate space but the overgrown plantings and lack of flow cramped the potential of the space.   A brushed concrete patio and walkway were too overwhelming also.  We set the foundation for the space using native stone for low raised planters, pathways and as accents and patterned the remaining concrete surfaces to compliment the stone.  Iron arbors and trellises work into the overall mix and guide the eye into and through the space in which pieces are arranged more harmoniously.

Vanderweide Courtyard Renovation...


These photos were taken one year after the renovation and planting of the courtyard.  The courtyard was quite sterile with a brushed concrete patio and overwhelming sun exposure.  The homeowners wanted to convert a cramped and lifeless space into an asset that draws participants freely from the indoor space into the outdoors.  The site gave itself naturally to the water feature.

Florek Design Build Project...




These photos were taken during the renovation and one year after the planting of this outdoor room.  The owners purchased the home in mid-construction with a brushed concrete patio and terrace already in place.  The homeowners wanted to convert this rear yard into more of an extension of the home.  The stark white concrete surfaces came to life with patterning (cut) and acid staining along with expansion into the yard with complimentary stained stepping stones.  The design of the built in grill, chimney, and iron fountain worked well with the plantings and fence detailing to create a more inviting space unified with the architecture of the home. 

Hammond Design Build Project...

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Last modified: December 02, 2011