This small back garden was always destined to be used as a party place. The features we created in this garden were designed to provide the most functional party patio possible in the small back yard. We constructed a BBQ and bar seating counter. We pushed the BBQ structure as close to the property wall as we could and turned the whole front counter into a bar and serving area.
The Patio area was done in flagstone and is spacious. There is a large pergola structure to give shade and frame the far end of the patio. The retaining walls around the back of the patio were all designed as seat- walls to give the maximum seating in the garden.
The feature of the patio is a large glass-filled fire pit, big enough to have many chairs around it. To top the garden off, there is a small lawn area, lots of colorful planting, and landscape lighting to highlight the garden and the features at night.
Pergola Structure - Seat Walls - Flagstone Patio
BBQ and large bar counter top
Ground Cover and Water Feature
Sherman Oaks Green Patio:
The lawn area of this home had been destroyed by two very large dogs. The homeowner still wanted a "green" space, but something harder for the dogs to dig up. After removing the grass, we laid a large piece flagstone patio into the garden, leaving spaces to plant small areas of grass, ground covers and plants. we also set aside a location so we could install a feature fountain and a fire pit. After the stone was set we planted out the newly created garden bed areas and spaces between the stones to soften the area back up. Some plants were installed to create a visual barrier to the fire pit area, making it a little more cozy. A large Urn type water feature was installed as a focal feature in the garden.
Old, dog destroyed lawn area
New Flagstone to match, fire pit and fountain location
All planted out and grown in
Recycled Concrete Patio
Studio City RecycledPatio:
The Back Patio area of this home, behind the garage was a neglected old concrete pad, no loger used for basketball adn very seldom visited. The homeowner wanted a space that was softer, more relaxing and a surprise to those heading back into the garden. We decided to tear up the old concrete and relay it as a "broken" open style patio, recycling almos 80% of the concrete back intothe garden. Once the concrete was reinstalled we brought in soil to create plantign area within the spaces and pea grave to fill other areas. The result a recycled concrete patio area that will soften as the plants grow in, but still privide a patio area and a new feature location in the garden.
The "before" unused concrete patio
Broken concrete being relaid
Gravel fill and planted areas
Silver Lake Spa
Silver Lake Lounging:
The homeowners dream was to have a "private outside spa lounge area" which had to include Steel, Wood, Concrete and a Spa, oh and lots of straight lines. We started by tearing out the existing patio and planter beds. Excavated the hole to sink the spa into and set the form work for the new patio areas. A very "black" concrete was poured to create the patio area. Once the concrete was set the spa was slid into the vault and the redwood deck surround was installed. New "Horizontal" fence panels were installed and new gates to match. The planting for this project included a Thyme "lawn" and Thyme planting between the concrete patio areas. Final touches were a steel and redwood roll away "daybed" that covered the spa when closed. A one of a kind Steel fire pit and redwood and steel floating benches.