Our client's home is beautifully situated on a corner lot with mature trees with a commanding view of the water. However, there were some barriers to full enjoyment and utilization of the property:
Poor drainage was an issue in the rear and side yard limiting use of some lawn area at certain times of year.
The sitting area bounded by the garage and house gave the feeling of being penned in and didn't tie in with the rest of the property.
Due to elevation changes between, and proximity to, neighbouring homes, privacy was a concern.
Plantings around the house were getting overgrown and tired.
After analyzing the existing drainage pattern we were able to construct a subtle swale, directing water around the perimeter of the property and away, opening up more useable lawn area while keeping the natural feel of the yard.
All concrete surfacing and enclosure fencing was removed in the patio area. Definition of the seating area was done with low walling doubling as seating while still allowing views out to the treed expanse of lawn. A custom-constructed privacy panel was positioned along one side to filter views in, while still allowing air flow. Ornamental grass planted in front of the panel will softened the lines and created a sense of rhythm along its length. Poured concrete surfacing was replaced with tumbled pavers that transition into flagstone stepping stones leading out to the potting shed.
The immediate patio area was planted with a mixture of conifers, woody shrubs and perennials offering a dynamic composition over the course of the growing season.