Archive for September, 2009

Beauty Out Back

September 24th, 2009

A patio can have a sense of privacy even in a wide open space. We created a courtyard inspired patio area with low walls that provide ample additional seating. The built-in BBQ, a mainstay in a modern backyard, is a hub of activity as dinner time approaches. The greenery in the planters as well as the gardens, softens the space and makes guests feel comfortable.

Project Type: backyard

Design Style: formal, courtyard

Landscape Elements: interlock patio, seat wall, pillar, wood privacy screen, built in BBQ, garden beds with perennials and shrubs, stepping stones.

Hardscape Materials: Ardennes Grey Mega-Bergerac Paver from Permacon, Oxford Charcoal Monaco Wall from Permacon, Owen Sound flagstone counter top & pillar caps, pressure treated custom pricy screen.

Plant selections:  Emerald Cedar (Thuja occidentalis ‘Smaragd’), Green Velvet Boxwood (Buxus Green Velvet), Goldsturm Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’), Porcupine Grass (Miscanthus Porcupine), Purple coneflower (Echinacea), Chicago Apache Daylily (Hemerocallis Chicago Apache), Maiden Grass (sinensis Gracilimus), Lavender

A Sequestered Space

September 23rd, 2009

A timeless design that could have been built yesterday or even 200 years ago. Natural indigenous materials erected into a structure that is both powerful and refined. Reclaimed barn beams create the ceiling of this quiet space.

Project Type: Back yard

Design Style: formal, symmetrical

Landscape Elements: flagstone patio, stone columns, wood pergola, armour stone boulder work, garden beds with perennials and shrubs, tree planting, grade and sod lawn.

Hardscape Materials: Owen Sound Ebel Quarry Black square-cut flagstone, Owen Sound Ebel Quarry ledgerock, Orillia buff armour stone

Plant selections: Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgo biloba), Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’)