Backyard of a heritage home in suburban Maple Ridge.
The client loves to have large outdoor gatherings but still wanted the space to be enjoyed in a more intimate or solitude setting as well.
First priority was to create an interlock patio that could accommodate a large group of people. A 650sq'+ Old Dominion curvilinear interlock patio was installed that was detailed with a Dominion circle pattern under the existing arbour and a half circle coming off the existing exposed aggregate landing. The patio was bordered with red brick to coincide with existing red brick on site and work with the heritage characteristics of the house. The entrance onto the patio was buffered by two new garden spaces that use plant species such as Kassandra and Plum Pudding Coral Bells, Bridal Veil Astilbe, Sweetbox, Gold Heart Bleedingheart, Masja Hydrangea, and Ivory Halo Dogwood. One of these garden spaces also ties into the existing fishpond that can be crossed by proceeding over the wood bridge that leads to the hot tub area on the other side.
With two dogs living here as well, it was imperative to provide them a route to move around the yard. As they love to run along the back of a property we created a narrow red brick path for the dogs to travel from their pen beside the large patio, across the property to a smaller 130sq.ft. patio. It is here where the client hopes to enjoy her morning coffee and find a moment to relax. Running behind this small patio former creosote ties held up a raised plant bed, which we replaced with Sumas Boulders to match the cool tones of the patios and to continue the natural rock theme, which surrounds the pond. To break up the linearity of the red brick path and cedar hedge and to continue working with the natural flow of the existing landscape, a simple garden of Evergold Sedge and Great Expectations Hosta was created; becoming a bright, soft textured, neutral foreground that does not distract from the other elements of the landscape but still enjoyable as its own entity.
"Thank you to everyone at Focal Point Landscaping who was involved in the amazing transformation of our back yard! From our initial phone call to Lori, we were kept well informed of timelines and pricing. Jen took our initial ideas and used her knowledge and artistic eye to create what we could not have imagined. Work was done in a timely manner, with someone on site every day until the job was complete. Don, who laid the pavers, was impeccable at his task, Radek and all the others were equally as friendly, responsible and creative. We are still in awe of our beautiful yard, and will recommend Focal Point Landscaping with no hesitation to anyone."
Darlene and Paul Weston