I need advice on my backyard.
I am going to have a new stone patio installed. I have been looking around at different kinds of stone... I liked some sort of bluestone and I thought I might like it installed with an irregular patterns, but honestly, I am starting to get decision paralysis because there are so many options and I have been dreaming of de-ghetto-ifying my backyard for so long now that, well, I would probably say "Yes!" to the first not-horrible option I come across.
Landscape designer guy says he is drawing up plans and might build stone planter box thingies along the wall so that I can actually plant all that mint, rosemary, lavender, jasmine, etc etc. Plus it will cover up the cement business on the bottom of the house.
That weird wood strip above the door is where I used to have an awning dangling off the house... the real estate agent just tore it off since it managed to make the back of the house look worse (hard to believe).
I am not painting the door red. That was a bad idea gone worse (I am going to blame whatever I was drinking before Lillet). I am going to paint the door and the windows that really exciting brown to match the gutters (unless anyone has a better idea).
I *would* like to get a new awning for right over the door and I really want black & white stripe, but I am not sure that would work. Also, I am obsessed with wisteria and think I might ask the landscape guy to build a pergola thingy and train wisteria on it... right over that doorway section. What does everyone think?
The cable thing handing down over the windows will be re-mounted up and out of sight, and the electrician is also going to be called to come repair that old broken fixture above the door.
The chairs and the table are staying... the table is teak and 2 years old, the chairs I just got in March from David Smith & Co here in Seattle, also teak. Love me some teak since it will stand up to the rain here in Seattle.
The vintage baby bath is staying (though maybe not there). Those plants inside it need to be planted. The baby bath is actually just going to be our big ice bucket when we have people over for food and drink in my new-fangled backyard this summer.
Ok - - please start bossing me around. I need opinions on the stone, the wisteria/pergola/awning decision, etc etc.
Here are some random photos from the neighborhood... will any of these work? Or am I making a mistake not considering a more orderly pattern for the stone?