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Suburban Family Landscape Transformation in State College, PA


When we started on this property, it had little more than grass, a 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 and frogs to chase and to bring them closer to nature.

Patio Area
We began with the patio area. We built an elaborate seating retaining wall with wide benches and a back. The seating wall is so wide and comfortable that you could take a nap on it. Next, we tackled the fire ring, patio pavers, and walkways.

Koi Pond
After the hardscape components were completed, we built the 8′ x 11′ koi pond with an 8′ stream. The pond is tucked against the patio’s edge, so the owners can enjoy watching the fish swimming and enjoying 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 living space area ideal for family BBQs and inviting friends over to hang out.

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