Create an outdoor living space on a steep hillside without altering the historic property’s charming atmosphere.
This historic home was in desperate need of some major TLC.
The first order of business was to level the yard to create an extended livable space for this client.
MasterPLAN was ready and eager to create a timeless and tasteful landscape design for this property.
Our landscape design included many natural materials, to keep the integrity of this historic home.
Strategically planned landscape design can incorporate several desired features and not have the space feel cramped or unmanageable.
Once the space was leveled with precision, we were able to add the boulder for the water feature and prepare to start laying the flagstone patio!
Each flagstone was hand-placed, creating a beautiful geometric patio to balance out the architecture of the home.
We had just enough access from the front of the home to bring in some smaller equipment to aid in the installation process.
Bringing cohesion to the space, a brick border was added to bring the look full-circle with the existing brick of the home.
An outdoor living space should always feel as if it were original to the home. Incorporating like materials of the home into the outdoor living space is a great way tie everything together.
This al fresco dining area is beautifully complimented by the soothing sound from the adjacent trickling water feature that seamlessly blends right into the hillside.
This historic estate, nestled into a hillside, brought many challenges. The rear of the house lacked any space flat enough to accommodate a table and chairs, and was largely unused due to the steep grade of the hill.
Our plan called for major excavation to provide a flat space. Carving out a flat area from the hill required skill and precision. We designed an upper landing and a set of steps to help with the grade change, incorporating an existing staircase that leads to a backdoor. We also installed natural stacked stone walls to retain the earth. Stones walls like this would have also been used in the 1920s, when this home was built, adding a historically accurate element of interest to the project.
We used flagstones to build the floor, with a geometric pattern reminiscent of a marble dance floor. We added a brick border in a rich brown color to match the antique bricks of the house.
We designed a custom waterfall using large natural boulders, to give the feeling that the water feature had always been there. A new wooden fence provided privacy, while tasteful plants brought a garden-feel to the property. We also added subtle lighting to allow the homeowners to extend get-togethers into the wee hours of the evening.
This project added a new outdoor living space to the home while boosting the property’s value.