Big Picture: Indoor living in the great outdoors

January 14, 2019 -  By
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Location: Decatur, Ga.
Company: Plants Creative Landscapes

The homeowner wanted multiple outdoor themed rooms, connected with seamless sightlines. Bluestone, painted brick, concrete countertops and steel were used to unify the spaces.

A bluestone patio connected to the home forms the main living area and features an outdoor kitchen, dining area and fireplace lounge. The recreation area off the patio offers a lawn, vegetable garden, custom steel bocce court and 18-foot steel water feature and boxwood planters.

The property was flat, so the Plants Creative Landscapes team created three distinct grade changes to separate the areas. The team constructed a large French drain system and gravel sump pit underneath, and the entirety of the backyard drainage was directed to the low point of the backyard.

The project earned Plants Creative Landscapes a 2017 Grand Award from the National Association of Landscape Professionals’ Awards of Excellence program.

Three outdoor rooms (Photo: Dry Branch Photography)

Photo: Dry Branch Photography

This photo showcases the three outdoor individually themed “rooms” the client wished to create. The main “living” area is a bluestone patio connected directly to the home. The patio contains an outdoor kitchen, dining area and fireplace lounge. The “play” area steps off the patio and contains a lawn, vegetable garden, and custom steel bocce court. The “relaxation” area steps down from the “play” area and contains a wood burning fire pit, custom steel planters, accent lighting and access to the mother-in-law suite.

Installation of bluestone patio (Photo: Dry Branch Photography)

Photo: Dry Branch Photography

This photo shows installation of bluestone patio with a view of the backyard.

Primary gathering space (Photo: Dry Branch Photography)

Photo: Dry Branch Photography

This before photo shows where the patio and fireplace will be.

Before shot (Photo: Dry Branch Photography)

Photo: Dry Branch Photography

Here you can see the primary gathering space complete with the custom converted fireplace, a lawn “rug” to soften the patio, seating for the entire family, LED water feature, and a reclaimed piece of barn wood for the mantel.

Rear of where fireplace is to be (Photo: Dry Branch Photography)

Photo: Dry Branch Photography

This before photo showcases the rear of the interior fireplace. The new exterior fireplace was patched into existing fireplace.

Primary gathering space (Photo: Dry Branch Photography)

Photo: Dry Branch Photography

Another view of the primary gathering space.

Primary gathering space (Photo: Dry Branch Photography)

Photo: Dry Branch Photography

This photo showcases another view of the primary gathering space.

LED water feature (Photo: Dry Branch Photography)

Photo: Dry Branch Photography

This photo features the custom fabricated steel LED water feature. This water feature is used as a divider between the “living” area and the “play” area.

Raised plant vegetable garden (Photo: Dry Branch Photography)

Photo: Dry Branch Photography

Here is another custom fabricated steel element: the raised planter bed for client’s vegetable garden.

Play area (Photo: Dry Branch Photography)

Photo: Dry Branch Photography

This photo features a view of “play” area featuring a bocce ball court. Again, utilizing a custom fabricated steel border. The repeated use of the steel elements connects the three “rooms” together.

Relaxation area (Photo: Dry Branch Photography)

Photo: Dry Branch Photography

The “relaxation” area steps down from the “play” area and contains a wood burning fire pit, custom steel planters. Willow oaks will eventually create a natural “roof,” accent lighting and access to the mother-in-law suite. Loose chipped grey slate aggregate was used as the base material to provide a more organic/natural feel as well as mediate the water throughout the site since it became the lowest point in the backyard. A large French drain system and gravel sump pit is located underneath. The entirety of the backyard drainage including the downspout piping, bocce court drainage and other run off is directed to this point.

relaxation area (Photo: Dry Branch Photography)

Photo: Dry Branch Photography

Here is another view of “relaxation” area, looking towards the back of the house. Oak tree planters, a retaining wall, a bocce ball court and an LED water feature custom fabricated with steel round out the space.

Relaxation area (Photo: Dry Branch Photography)

Photo: Dry Branch Photography

An alternate view of the “relaxation” area.

Three elements of backyard (Photo: Dry Branch Photography)

Photo: Dry Branch Photography

This final view showcases the three separate spaces tied together with steel elements tying the whole space together.

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