Small Site with Difficult Access
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Challenge: This backyard site is in a new development area where all the properties are small and close together. It is set lower than the surrounding residences so privacy was a huge factor. The clients wanted something more aesthetic, functional and a lot more private.

There was difficult access to this site which meant everything had to be brought in manually without equipment.

BEFORE PHOTOS: (Please click on photos to enlarge)
Facing South depicting the existing fence and hedge.   Facing East along existing fence, lawn and basement stairwell.   Facing West towards existing patio.

  • Sizable paver patio with table and chairs with still sufficient room in front of fence for a raised planting bed and water feature
  • Small water feature a focal point to bring eye down instead of looking up at neighbours yards/houses
  • Raised planting beds to better hide fence and create more privacy
  • Small lawn area for dogs with minimal maintenance
  • Medium sized deciduous trees for further screening/privacy and interest
  • Arbour over patio and lattice screen to create shade and privacy

AFTER PHOTOS: (Please click on photos to enlarge)
Displaying the water feature, paver patio, arbour and drystack Basalt retaining wall and new plantings at South end of property.   New arbour and lattice screen over paver patio (photo facing West).    
Facing East depicting the stepstone path to lawn area
and drystack Basalt retaining wall.
  Split Basalt risers stepping down to basement bordered with drystack Basalt retaining wall.

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