To create a private, shaded, low-maintenance space that provides ample room for entertaining while also speaking to the client’s need for relaxation.
Taking this underutilized backyard and transforming it into an outdoor living space that the whole family could enjoy made this a truly enjoyable project to be a part of! This family loves spending time outside, but the full-blazing afternoon sun in their backyard prevented them from enjoying their space to its fullest. There was a need for a shaded private place to relax and entertain, so we accommodated the duality by creating designated areas for both without a feeling of separation.
After removing the existing weed-riddled paver patio, we installed a neutral colored stamped concrete patio and walkway as a low-maintenance replacement. Extending the patio past the roofline and removing the old shrubbery along the walkway, allowed the new path and patio to feel more expansive and welcoming. The neutral browns and tans of the patio play perfectly against the wrap-around drystack stone seating walls that double as extra seating for guests, as well as a clean “room” delineation. The area designated for the lounge furniture and fire table is perfect to curl up to that special someone on those chilly nights, but is versatile enough to become extra entertainment space when hosting a larger get-together!
To provide the clients with protection from the sun and seasonal elements, we implemented a lean-to roof system for shade and shelter. The ceiling fans allow for a much-welcomed steady breeze during the warmer months, and the fixed skylights to allow for the natural sunlight to flood back into the house during the day. However, nighttime is when this backyard really comes alive!
The dimmable recessed LED lighting in the roof system provides ample, yet warm light for everything from reading the newest novel to hosting a sit-down dinner with friends and family. LED under-cap lighting was installed along the seating walls for an added feeling of luxury, while also providing the space with textural interest. The beautiful surrounding landscaping is strategically lit by the low voltage lighting system to create a soft, subtle ambiance to tie everything together.
"Working with MasterPLAN was a simple, straight forward process supported by dazzling designs and great communication every step of the way. Everything was handled in a first class fashion."
“Working with MasterPLAN was a simple, straight forward process supported by dazzling designs and great communication every step of the way. Everything was handled in a first class fashion. We now have an outdoor living space which is a great place to relax watching the sunset with a glass of wine at the end of a hard day; or starting the morning with a hot coffee watching the birds at the feeder.”