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When we started on this property, it had little more than grass, fence, and a trampoline. This young family wanted to entertain friends outdoors and create an atmosphere that got their kids out of the house more often. To accomplish that, we planned two specific features: a firepit to gather around and a koi pond, to give the kids fish to feed, frogs to chase, and to bring them closer to nature.
We began with the patio area. We built an elaborate seating wall with wide benches and a back. The seating wall is so wide and comfortable you could take a nap on it. Next we tackled the fire ring, patio pavers, and walkways.
After the hardscape components were completed, we built the 8' x 11' koi pond with 8' stream. The pond is tucked against the patio's edge, so the owners could enjoy watching the fish swimming and enjoy the aquatic plants that bloom beautifully in the summer - all from the comfort of the patio seating area. Lastly, we graded and landscaped the entire property and seeded a new lawn.
This project completely transformed this home. It turned the backyard from boring to an inviting outdoor room ideal for family BBQs and inviting friends over to hang out.
The homeowners first contacted us to ask about building a patio for their home. During the site visit, the homeowners showed us the previous work that had been completed around the back of the house. Upon inspection, we identified a number of issues that needed to be addressed.
Issues To Correct
To solve the drainage problem, we re-designed the outdoor space that would give the family enough room move around comfortably, while also being visually appealing.
All of the old plantings, the patio, and walkways had to be removed. Once the old work was removed, we started building a retaining wall to support the side of the patio. This wall also allowed us to create the patio on one level, making the space much more usable. The retaining walls continue out of the ground to create a enclosure affect around the edge of the patio providing safety and more of an outdoor room feel.
Landscaping, Walkway, and Lighting
We incorporated some plantings to the inside of the walls to bring a little greenery into the patio space. Low-voltage lighting was installed in the walls and pillars to provide a comfortable light level for safety and beauty during evening hours. A wide walkway was the constructed to connect the patio to the driveway to create an easy access path to the patio. Landscape lights were also installed along the walkway.
In the end we were able to create a beautiful and functional outdoor space that added a lot of value to the home!
8583 Woodbury Pike
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
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