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Love the look of stone, permanence of it. It frames the space but looks organic. Possibly a solution for the end of the inside patio area to encourage seating. Where would the BBQ go?
Fencing is too cool to be ignored. Steel that weathers to rust: secret would be in the base that ensures equal spacing and rigidity. Must be horribly expensive, but very cool.
Something like this would redefine the patio space. I would want a double wide door, or at least 1 1/2 a regular opening, but what a great feel combined with less pavement directly around the base of the door. This particular gate works well with our situation because of the scale with our single story house and garage. A light high up somewhere nearby would be important.
Again, I like the less distinct boundary between plants and pathway.
This inspires the transition out of the house to the patio from either door.
The thing I like is the use of pea gravel. Easy to walk on and "blow" clean with blower, allows water penetration, easy to spot and eliminate weeds.
Again with the pea gravel advantages. Also, it gives a relaxed, less formal feel. You can spill or drop stuff on it and "who cares?"
Beautiful gate. We should think about it.
Makes me think about pulling up bender board divider in back yard patio and letting ground covers "fight it out".
Like the gravel/soil interface.
I would want to reduce the "hard" interface between path and soil bed on the left.
Nice coverage in and around path ways.
An idea for what to do with all that brick from Tyler Street
Best example yet of a nice pathway/patio surface transition to plantings.
What if Ian and Tamsin had all the roof drainage from the front of the house going into a surface feature like this one?
Love it for the pathway material and planting interface.
Nice framing of path. Maybe what we need most is a list of plants that can help out. I see nasturtiums do a good job of spreading.
Ooooh! I like it; but, the aggregate size is too large. Pea gravel is a lot easier on bare feet.
Is one option to raise the entire enclose patio to the door level and "step" it down along the sides with subterranean drainage for downspouts?
Maybe yet another small seating area along the edge of the house like this near the bird bath?
Question: Why not pea gravel the entire enclosed patio area and skip all the extra work of hardscaping? It would be very easy to do further changes and even sewer or water line replacements....Think about it!
Again, the archway transition out of the enclosed patio. Highly advised is the light fixture.
Diagonal patterns would also disrupt the long, rectangular feel of the current enclosed patio.
I like working a curving pattern from one side and have it dissolve to a flower bed or something less well defined on the opposite edge.
Like the idea of the steps down to bricked area. Steps could be even wider. Of course, that rules out a ramped alternative for the present.
Steps sort of fanning out. What if we did something like this with the front porch?
Who doesn't like flagstone?
If we end up with neighbors we're not crazy about, bamboo or something similar in containers become a good moveable screen.
Integrating the steps with the seating. Wonder if built-in seating could be added to our exterior walls in the courtyard.
Mortared slate is the most desirable floor for the courtyard. $$$???
Depending on who buys the Wilson's house, we may need something like this.
Mix of succulents and natives