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Suburban Farmhouse Transformation

This modern suburban farmhouse had been completely rebuilt after a house fire had destroyed the original structure. The goal of the yard design was to complement the curated feeling of the home as well as complement the clean lines of the home’s new architecture. My lovely clients were at a loss of how to connect their new home with their currently drab outdoor space.

Design: The residence of this house loved to entertain so entertaining was a main goal for the backyard. A large concrete patio was added to the back of the house that could fit two large soft couches. A custom bar made of horizontal wood with a concrete counter that houses a freezer, refrigerator and storage unit. In addition, a custom-built TV wall (matching the bar) frames the yard and provides privacy from the neighbor’s windows. A concrete bench and room for bar stools offer a natural gathering spot to enjoy snacks and watch sports on the outdoor TV.

Off the main patio, poured in place rectangular concrete steps lead away from the house to a relaxing seating area under the large native oak tree. A custom-built bluestone fire pit centers the area and fits perfectly into the landscape. Accent plantings add color, dimension and texture to the yard to make the yard feel cozy and inviting.

My clients wanted to make sure to have a lawn for playing catch so the size of the original lawn was reduced to a more functional sized grassy area. Stepping stones re-used from the yard, create a pathway to flower planted horse troughs and storage located in the side yard.

After: My clients are so thrilled with their new outdoor space. It has hosted many a Covid outdoor gathering. In this time of Covid, our outdoor spaces have become an integral part of our living spaces. They have allowed us to host gatherings, connect with nature and relax.

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