When this homeowner purchased her Northwest renovated home in North Tacoma, everything on the inside was to her liking, but the outside had much work to be done. Her desire was to improve the street-side curb appeal and have a useable back yard space to relax and entertain. There were also drainage issues to solve with rainwater entering the garage, and pooling in the back yard.
Design Challenges Met:
Before: Unattractive front yard landscape and boring back yard.
With compacted soils, deteriorating pathway, and unsatisfactory plants, the front yard landscape was unattractive and somewhat embarrassing to the new owner. The back yard area was a perfect play space for her Boston Terrier pup, however, the area was boring and unusable for the homeowner.
After: A beautiful, low-maintenance landscape with entertainment patio and garden area was created to enjoy and relax in after a long day at work.
Design Features Summary: This small urban landscape makeover featured a flagstone patio with curved seating ready for changeable seat cushions for any occasion. Underneath the center of the patio, there is a gas line stub-out for a future fire pit. Also planned for the future is a pre-fab spiral staircase that connects the back yard with the covered terrace above. The newly landscaped areas and LED lighting helped to soften edges with seasonal color and interest. The overall design seamlessly connects one experience into the next that created a cohesive plan for the entire property.
The homeowner and her Boston Terrier pup were delighted with the landscape makeover and have enjoyed their first summer in their new backyard!
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