I met this happy couple at the Yard Garden & Patio show. They had the best little puzzle for me to work on. They had a small landscape and a small back porch. They needed it to expand somehow to add a hot tub, a dining entertaining area and keep their cozy covered family coffee hang out a great place….hmm. They had areas of grass that didn’t do well due to lack of sun. Betsy liked to garden and had a successful edibles garden but it took up a lot of room. Their dog, Mr. Kim the pug, was happy and liked grass because he loves to poop, well he does, it’s his big thing in life…… so while we could take away some grass to meet our goals, we had to leave enough to keep him happy. We needed privacy plantings for using the hot tub that looked and felt friendly to the neighbors. It needed to be tall to block the neighbors’ second story bedroom view but the planting space was too narrow for a hedge.
Lastly, a fine ironwork of art made by Betsy’s brother needed a place of prominence in the landscape.
They called me after the show and I remembered them instantly. I was so pleased to work with them. I didn’t actually know of course, how I would help them, it was very small and there were a lot of “built ins” we couldn’t move such as a long rock wall and large trees whose roots were underneath the entire back yard so there would not be much changing of grade. It was going to be tricky!
Like most Landscape Design in a Days, I could not do this without my clients. Together we tried various layouts and narrowed it down to THE ONE that would work. Usually I have two layouts that clients like that would work. This one was so tough that I could only come up with one that I liked and which happily they loved.
Their carpenter was very helpful and did a great job of following our plans. Their price tag was under 20 grand, not including the hot tub. They ended up with two dining areas, one up in the lawn area. We put it where the grass always died. They love this new room. They felt cut off from their yard and garden before the design. Now it feels very open and gave us a great space for ornamental plantings. The path that leads to the shed got a well placed zag in it. The shape of the path adds interest and gave us the perfect place for a large pot.
What they got was an integrated landscape with lots of useful areas and great flow. Their tiny yard feels spacious now.