You’ve heard of tiny homes. You know, those itty bitty buildings that could pass as tree houses or a kid’s play place? They are small but efficient, a smart and simplified space that is thoughtfully arranged to include all the important stuff in one bite-sized unit. Well that’s what we make sometimes but the difference, of course, is we do it with someone’s yard.
To start, I created a design that showed the client how we would make the old space flow with the new. Our proposed renovations included a new paver patio that extends out into the yard, river rock and square flat walking stones around the base of the existing concrete, a stone pathway to a storage unit in the back, new sod and plantings, and large natural stone steps to help traverse the steep hill that leads to the lower part of the property.
Our first issue was one we run into often: matching old pavers with new ones. To the right of the concrete where the hot tub sits is a patio made of assorted square pavers. We wanted to add a patio on the other side of the concrete, catty corner to this patio, but we knew it would have to match or else it wouldn’t look good.
Another challenge was how difficult it was to transport all our materials to the backyard. The space in between properties was very narrow so everything had to be moved by hand.
Here are some side by side “before and after” photos (because everyone loves a good makeover.)
Overall, this project was a challenge but as always, we enjoyed it! Making the space work and satisfying our client’s needs is what gets us pumped. We were happy they were happy.