This client wanted a mid-century modern feel for their new contemporary home, a style characterized by clean, simple lines, functional beauty and natural hues. Their wish list included less grass and more planting areas, an expanded patio, a fireplace to provide privacy from the alley, a different style fence and a more level back yard. They also wanted some play features for their children somewhere outside the main backyard space.
To make the yard more level, we built a board-formed concrete retaining wall around the perimeter of the back yard and brought in over sixty tons of soil. A modern, semi-open fence was then added to the top of the retaining wall. The existing concrete pad was extended and stone was laid over the top of it making a larger patio area. A new fireplace, a mix of stone and brick, was designed to provide a private sitting area which tied together the materials in the patio and house. Concrete slabs with joints for groundcovers were installed on two sides of the yard. Brick trim separates the lawn from the new, larger planting beds. To accommodate the children, an arbor was added to the long, narrow side yard from which swings and climbing bars were hung. Climbing hydrangea will eventually cover the arbor and make for an attractive feature long after the swings are gone.