These clients wanted a design for their uninteresting, builder-grade backyard where the adults, children and pet dogs could coexist. They wanted a Portland Inspired casual seating area and outdoor kitchen, some art and a way to better connect their underused covered concrete porch with the rest of the yard.
First, the children’s playhouse was moved to the side of the house with a path connecting it to the patio. A casual sitting area with a coffee table large enough to place dinnerware on and high enough to pull chairs up to allowed the space to maximize its function, serving as both sitting and dining area. A screen was added behind the furniture to provide a backdrop that frames the area. Grape vine was planted at its base as the owner enjoys having fruiting plants.
To connect the existing covered porch to the rest of the yard, the same Pennsylvania Blue flagstone used for the patio was added to the top of the concrete pad. The railing around the porch was removed and replaced with planter beds against the porch to avoid a sharp drop off and new steps lead to the lower area. A built-in kitchen was added to the covered porch, located adjacent to the kitchen door and includes a storage place for their smoker. A beautiful, artistic bronze architectural screen was added to break up the garage wall. A water feature and outdoor lighting were included to enhance the ambience. The plantings were designed to provide a lush, full look that focused more on interesting foliage than flowers.