I met with my landscape design guy this morning and we reviewed his plans for my new backyard. After we reviewed his plans, suggestions, materials, I opened my little MacBook and read to him a bunch of your comments and suggestions that so many of you offered up this weekend - - the reader from Portland who mentioned basalt, Joni's suggestions for slate lined with brick trim, the running bond vs. more disorderly pattern of stone... all of it.
I am not sure what a designer thinks of a chick opening up the comments of her blog for discussion, but I do know this: I don't want to make any mistakes. And I am super grateful for everyone who chimes in when I need advice because it's a huge help. With HOBACs, Joni's, and the Anons of the world, I feel like I have several designers helping me out on this project.
Joni asked for photos from the backdoor facing back, so here they are. Looking at the photos, it's hard to believe I am going to spend money on a new backyard. I mean... these pics clearly convey a certain kind of polish, sophistication, and refinement, no? Take the tree house for example. I am pretty sure I can use it for extra seating and set up a bar out there.
So his plan is up top... I am nixing the water feature at the moment. I am pretty sure I told him I didn't want a water OR a fire feature, and both showed up in the design plan. I would want to add in $3000 extras, too, were I a designer. Anyway, other than that, I liked plan two (which you see here), and have asked him to draw in a low wall on the patio edge, with a break to the left and a break facing where the boxwood hedge/bird feeder thingy (or whatever we plan to put there) is. It could mean extra seating and make the patio more of a room. But I am still not totally sure.
Progress. I think.
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Thoughts? Love it? Hate it?