Historic 17th Avenue Parkway

This family owns a beautiful old home on Park Hill’s historic 17th Avenue Parkway. Their backyard was a long, narrow yard with a lot of lawn, large overgrown plants, a different style of old worn fence on each side of the property, and a small rectangular patio against the house. They were interested in reducing the amount of lawn, adding more trees, changing the shape of the patio, having a small kids play area and a place to grow vegetables.

The hardscape plan included a combination of classic curves and straight lines, more in keeping with the elegant, historic architecture. A more generous patio constructed of red flagstone edged with aged brick was added which was surrounded by a raised brick planter bed/seat wall for an intimate feeling. Planting beds along the perimeter of the yard were enlarged and edged with aged brick. Overgrown plants were replaced with plants of a smaller scale in a color palette of purple, white, and yellow with a small amount of pink and magenta for accent. A new fence was added as was a raised stripstone (a cut of sandstone) wall at the back of the yard for growing vegetables. A children’s play area was tucked away on the perimeter of the yard where it could be viewed from the patio without being right in the middle of the yard. Lastly, the brick from the original patio was used to build brick paths connecting the patio to the front and back gates.