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A significant transformation

The transformation shown here involve everything from regrading the back yard, so that water no longer drains into the basement, to creating terrific outdoors spaces and fencing off the traffic on the adjacent road. The stone retaining wall was built using reclaimed stone wallstones, and helps form one edge of the new brick and stone patio. The stone clump in the foreground conceals a pump for a fountain which fills a stone trough in the patio. The new rear porch connects the rear of the house with the outdoors and lush gardens surrounding the property edges. The barn in the back of the property received a new roof and paint job.
Renovation/Addition. Rob Karosis Photography

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klyman wrote:
Do you have any photos of front of the house? - I love this porch and yard and I thought this WAS the front!! If you have any other pics of the front, could you please share? Thank you!!
   Comment   November 16, 2013
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Just found the front photos, please disregard the question and thanks!!
November 16, 2013 at 3:55pm   
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November 20, 2013 at 4:50pm   
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shoneycutt wrote:
Are there any "before" photos of this yard? - I have a simular yard and problem. I have a small wall with a small patio of concrete block off of the porch. It is an old house (160 years) so I am afraid to go near the foundation. I want to move the wall back (which I suspect was done here) to increase area close to house, alowing more area for water to move before it is on the foundation, and/or room to add a french drain or some sort of "water feature" that will catch water and direct it away form the house. and to make it easier to get to the rest of the back yard,which is a small inclline as this yard is. But the biggest issue is the water! My husband disagrees with my ideas - so I would like to know which one of us is correct? What did the yard look like "before" and what exactly was done to fix the water issue?
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You are correct in that the water running down the back yard was a major problem - causing water to pour into the basement. A complete rework of the grades in the back yard allowed for the lower patio and walls. Drainage was designed so that most of the runoff above the wall follows a subtle swale which drains into a stream in the very back of this image. The lower terrace in the rear also has a central drain to collect further runoff from the patio and roofs. The image I am attaching shows how runoff ran straight into the house before this renovation.
Hope that helps!
October 8, 2012 at 7:43am     
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