A lush, garden outdoor family room replaces an unused entry patio.
Imagine coming home to an inviting outdoor family room like this?
Why go indoors at all when you can enjoy an outdoor family room with fireplace, sitting areas, fountain and water garden and more!
Before-The concrete patio in the entry flows to the lawn area and serves no purpose except as an “outdoor closet!”
Before- The patio served as a “catch all” area for bikes, toys and dead plants!
Think “outside of the box “when creating usableÂ garden roomsÂ in your yard.
Don’t overlook your front-yard or often ignored side yard Â as a site for a destination area either.
First, we separated the new”family room”Â from the lawn area and created a sense of enclosure with aÂ simpleÂ “translucent” wood postÂ fenceÂ detailed with copper wire.
Simple wood fence built with 4 x 4 wood posts, heavy gauge copper wire and an antique medallion for detail.
Not all fences are solid!
The antique medallion was from my partner, Michael Glassman’s private stash!
An illusion of separation is all you need sometimes to mark a transition to another space in the Â yard.
Next, we installed Â a basalt fountain and Â surrounding “water garden” to Â serve as a focal point for the family room.
Plants includeÂ papyrus, asparagus fern, daylily, topped with cobalt blue tumbled glass.
This is Â our impressionistic version of a bog.
The patio was furnished withÂ one style of Â garden container in different sizes for continuity and Â with varied Â plantings.
When planters are uniform in style, they tends to look as though they are a part of the architecture of your home, Â as a site planter.
Select one style of planter when you want to make a design statement.
The cinder-block walls were softened with over sized plantings of Japanese privet and Tibouchina or “Princess Flower” planted directly in front of them.
Drip irrigation supplies the water.
If you analyze the design, you will notice that many of the makeover elements are “ready made” or Â can be bought at your local garden center.
- A pre-fabricated outdoor fireplace.
- Basalt water feature
- Outdoor furniture and rugs from a home store like Restoration Hardware
The only design element that was custom made was the wood and copper wire fence.
You can construct that yourself!
A complete patio makeover like this can be easily replicated if you have a small patio with access to the house.
Coral-colored, Â ”Nancy Reagan” rose contrasts nicely with the purple flowers of the Tibouchina.
Copper window box brings the garden up close
We detailed the window with a copper window-box to marry the architecture of the house with the garden.
Prefabricated fireplaces like this one by Designs by Gary, make hearth-side relaxation a reality in less than an Â hour!
Opposite view of the new outdoor family room!
Furnish your outdoor family room with a rocking chair. This one from Restoration Hardware.
Go outside and take a look at your wasted spaces and consider Â the possibilities!
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