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Space Planning to Make a Beautiful Vienna Virginia Backyard Better

I’m often called in to make an existing landscape function better. The client doesn’t to rip it all out and start from scratch, but they need to fix… something. Usually it’s my job to figure out what that something is.

This project is a great example. You can see in the photo above that they have a cool little water feature, built with big chunky boulders. It’s a great feature but you can only see it well as you come in the back gate and sort of ok from the screen porch. From the deck, this is all you see:

Because of the railing and the massive yews, you’d hardly know there was running water there. As a result, I made the decision to eliminate the railing and yank out the yews and extend a level area closer to the pond.

It’s completely changed the dynamic of the space. Now the water feature is part of the deck space and the small seating area is simultaneously its own space and a means of enlarging the deck. This project is an example of how you don’t need to spend a ton of money to create a large change.


    September 8, 2012 REPLY

    Nice work Dave — I lovethe large flags with the plantings in between. It looks like a really inviting space.

    September 9, 2012 REPLY

    Thanks Clark! One of the best things about a small but dramatic fix like this is that people will spend the money for the things that make a difference, like 3’x3′ flagstone slabs and so much ophiopogon that the joints look great.

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