Greenwich Village BackyardTransitional Patio, New York
A dark backyard was given a new life with dramatic additions of built in planting beds, custom cut salvaged pavers, green screen trellis and a ton of charm. The reclaimed barn doors add a focal point to the east wall while the custom built two-tier planting system allows vines to fill this garden which spans two floors of the client's home.
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Location: Greenwich Village, New York, New YorkSize: 692 square feet (64 square meters) Designer: Jeffrey Erb of Jeffrey Erb Landscape DesignPrimary challenges: Standing water and mosquitos resulting from an inadequate drainage system, a dilapidated 15-foot-tall fence that enclosed the space, no direct access from a street or alleyway, construction noise restrictions, dark shade created by neighboring buildings and no ground-level planting beds. Additionally, the garden would be viewed from two levels.In New York City, bulk-material deliveries are impractical and discouraged, so everything from hardscape to trees had to be hand-carried through the house and down a flight of stairs.Homeowner requests: The homeowners, both artists who work in the fashion industry, requested an eclectic design that effectively married contemporary style with that of aged European gardens. They also wanted a fountain, flowing brickwork, soft supplemental lighting, an open place to create art and entertain, and lots of green.