This patio was installed at a new 4-unit condominium which had this walled-in and fenced-in area at the back of the property. The owners wanted to expand their living space with an outdoor room, so the upper level was made large enough to accommodate a dinner table, while the lower level included two L-shaped benches and a gas fire pit.
The design was done by Noland Landscape Design, whom we have worked with several times over the past year. Bill Noland is a pleasure to work with, and I highly recommend his work.
Here is a shot of the lower level. The benches consist of stuccoed concrete blocks which support tops made of cedar decking. The capping on the firepit are made of flame-textured Pennsylvania Bluestone slabs, as are the retaining wall caps and stair treads.
After a year or so, the cedar will weather to be closer in color to the fence and concrete grays. As for color, Bill will be installing landscaping along the far wall including a couple of small trees and a vine or two. A little green softening can go a long way toward bringing a space like this together visually.
by Mark Shepherd www.ShepherdStoneworks.com
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