Challenge:
The Stonebrook residence backyard consisted of dilapidated deck overlooking a damp, overgrown backyard that merged with a dense cedar woodlot. The owners envisioned having a low maintenance outdoor living space that accommodated complex modern elements such as a water feature, plunge pool, multi-level deck, and outdoor kitchen, yet transition harmoniously with a naturalized woodlot. The issue was both creative and also practical as the water table was only 6” below grade, and access to the back yard involved a narrow 400’ sloped path.

The Solution:
Since the project involved multiple skilled craftspeople, Earthscape acted as a general contractor allowing the project to be completed on schedule. A modern three level deck built of reinforced cellular PVC with a screwless design was specified as a low maintenance solution. The upper deck bordered by glass insert railings offers a space for lounging and sunbathing with an unobstructed view of the landscape. The upper deck provides a roof for the main deck and includes a waterproof rubber membrane and an underside finished with PVC bead board. The main deck has built-in PVC benches, custom granite countertops, a built-in natural gas BBQ and side burner, a working sink, and normal voltage outdoor lighting for extended use as an outdoor kitchen and dining area. Likewise, the lower deck was built to provide an outdoor living and entertaining space. Because of the wet boggy location, increased pier sizes where were used on the deck with ‘bigfoot’ footings for additional support.
A two tiered masonry-veneer water feature was built in to compliment both the modern and natural setting. Custom aluminum weirs and 8 inch thick continuous poured concrete walls where used for the feature. The cascading water is uplight with landscape lighting as are the beds. The water feature plumbing was tied into the pool plumbing for cost efficiency and easy winter shutdown. Finally, a rough sawn cedar boardwalk and jumbo flagstone steppers lead to a natural fire pit area.

Preview at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aAH6vavQHs
Stronebrook Residence
Ideabooks11
Questions0
Contemporary Woodland Retreat. http://earthscapeblog.ca/?p=2523
“Nice water feature next to pool” — mbrown355
Stronebrook Residence
Ideabooks4
Questions0
Contemporary Woodland Retreat. http://earthscapeblog.ca/?p=2523
Stronebrook Residence
Ideabooks38
Questions0
Contemporary Woodland Retreat. http://earthscapeblog.ca/?p=2523
“Firepit” — ekmk
Stronebrook Residence
Ideabooks10
Questions0
Contemporary Woodland Retreat. http://earthscapeblog.ca/?p=2523
Stronebrook Residence
Ideabooks27
Questions0
Contemporary Woodland Retreat. http://earthscapeblog.ca/?p=2523
Stronebrook Residence
Ideabooks17
Questions0
Contemporary Woodland Retreat. http://earthscapeblog.ca/?p=2523
“Like the walkway, don't like the wall.” — clanning26
Stronebrook Residence
Ideabooks3
Questions0
Contemporary Woodland Retreat. http://earthscapeblog.ca/?p=2523
Stronebrook Residence
Ideabooks27
Questions0
Contemporary Woodland Retreat. http://earthscapeblog.ca/?p=2523
Stronebrook Residence
Ideabooks56
Questions0
Contemporary Woodland Retreat. http://earthscapeblog.ca/?p=2523
“pavers, and wood wall together.” — kelsey081584
Stronebrook Residence
Ideabooks22
Questions0
Contemporary Woodland Retreat. http://earthscapeblog.ca/?p=2523
“backyard” — mommy2ld
Stronebrook Residence
Ideabooks12
Questions0
Contemporary Woodland Retreat. http://earthscapeblog.ca/?p=2523
“susunan batu tinggi di samping anak tangga” — mentari kasih
Stronebrook Residence
Ideabooks32
Questions1
Contemporary Woodland Retreat. http://earthscapeblog.ca/?p=2523
“Railing” — janmck
Stronebrook Residence
Ideabooks7
Questions0
Contemporary Woodland Retreat. http://earthscapeblog.ca/?p=2523
Stronebrook Residence
Ideabooks7
Questions1
Contemporary Woodland Retreat. http://earthscapeblog.ca/?p=2523
“grey” — mahoney636
Stronebrook Residence
Ideabooks11
Questions0
Contemporary Woodland Retreat. http://earthscapeblog.ca/?p=2523
Stronebrook Residence
Ideabooks9
Questions0
Contemporary Woodland Retreat. http://earthscapeblog.ca/?p=2523
“under deck” — mahoney636
Stronebrook Residence
Ideabooks33
Questions0
Contemporary Woodland Retreat. http://earthscapeblog.ca/?p=2523
“When get rid of our six by six at he driveway” — rachelhelenvaughan
Stronebrook Residence
Ideabooks205
Questions0
Contemporary Woodland Retreat. http://earthscapeblog.ca/?p=2523
“similar but with plantings at sides to what they tried” — alice26
© 2014 Houzz Inc.
Houzz® The new way to design your home™