This rear yard renovation took an exterior area and attempted to create various retreats and areas of interest around an existing pool. The first challenge was to develop a dining area and create some much-needed shade when it was utilized during the day. A wood/canvas canopy was designed and vertical trellis elements were built onto the side of the house to tie the concept together. Space was at a premium with the pool taking up most of the usable area in the backyard, so the table was conceived as a banquette, built against an existing wall of the home.
There were few existing plantings, save for a portion of bamboo along the rear fence. Extending and filling in this wall of green allowed for some continuity in the botanical texture and provided a backdrop for other seating areas around the pool. Additional drought-resistant foliage was added at intersections to soften the concrete edges found throughout the existing pool and house. New color-integral concrete, a custom paver layout, and a fresh paint job on the exterior of the home completed the design.
Credits: The Earth Builders (Contractor)