Our Client expressed to us their desire
to develop their backyard into an inviting outdoor environment where
they could relax and entertain. They wished to include a pool,
incorporate the existing spa, create a BBQ & outdoor kitchen, create a
gathering space around a fire feature, and develop a separate area as a
dog run. Drainage was a big issue and required extensive planning, as
there were minimal areas in the yard to incorporate drains. All of these
elements needed to fit into the small backyard and side yard spaces; a
challenging design task.
response to the Clients’ back yard wishes, our design team commenced
layout by developing separate “zones” that depicted the approximate
needed square feet per zone, and utilizing every square inch of
available space. The pool and spa were placed in the far corners of the
required property line setbacks. Furthermore, the covered BBQ patio was
placed close to the existing kitchen for ease of circulation. The
planning phase also considered how the new back yard area would connect
to the interior of the house through materials, views, and circulation.
New materials were specifically chosen for their longevity and ability
to withstand the elements. A linear expansion joint drain was used to
remove the runoff water from the back yard. Design elements such as the
built in low voltage lights and exterior grade ceiling fan were
incorporated to promote usability and enjoyment of the space.