It might seem like a big open slate would be a landscape architects dream. Many times, however, it is difficult to create a sense of intimacy with “brought in” items. This courtyard in Eaton, Ohio was definitely intimate – surrounded by walls and fence and much beloved by its owners. The challenge was to recreate a Charleston, SC style garden that would work in Ohio, while respecting the age of the home and the owners desire to make it “fit” the context. Working with local stone from Wysong Quarries and Belden Belcrest series clay pavers, we fleshed out a previous design into this beautiful period style patio and planting. Shake shingles seemed to be the only option for the roof covering the outdoor pavilion room, while Vermont slate worked beautifully for the flooring and accents on the outside spaces. In a nod to the active golf players in the family, we worked with Buckeye Greens to install a well placed putting green.
This project was also featured in the October 2012 issue of HouseTrends Magazine - check it out!