Before and After...
Midcentury Modern Magic
After extensively redesigning the interior of their home, my clients called me when they were ready to start renovations on their outside spaces. They were unhappy with their curvilinear front walks which had many loose stones. Their existing patio wasn’t in good shape either, plus the usable space was too small for seating and there were no good connections to the front lawn or to the back deck.
In the new design, I made the spaces more functional while working with the architectural style of the house. For the front walks I used linear paths that reflect the architecture. One end of the patio is widened to become the main entertainment area; now there is plenty of usable space (middle photo). There are gracious stairs that connection to the main lawn (top photo), and secondary steps and path to the back deck (bottom photo) which improve the circulation. The design also opened up the space near the patio by removing overgrown shrubs, old leggy rhododendrons, and a holly so the whole property can be viewed from the new patio. It now feels spacious while looking like it was original to the midcentury style of the house.
Main Patio Area
I have so enjoyed working with these clients! The wife recommended me to her friend, and shared the email with me: “Wanted to share Gwen's website with you. She is so incredibly smart, competent, organized, caring, creative and talented. All these qualities are hard to find in an artistic person (creative minds are usually too absent minded and all over the place), but she really has it all. I can show you some of her plans for us whenever you want. The level of detail, due diligence and expertise is simply amazing.”
Thanks for the kind words and referral!