Before: A Dead BackyardMegan and Nate Weisiger recently moved into a funky 1950s home and want to start cleaning up their backyard by getting rid of all the weeds and dead plants. Landscape designer Damon Valentino combines clean edges and angles to create a fun and funky atmosphere. A reflective pool, concrete path and 360-degree bench accent this contemporary garden.
After: Full of LifeTo liven up the space, landscape designer Damon Valentino incorporates some fun, contemporary elements into the yard. A 360-degree bench, inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, ties the entire space together. The olive tree in the center will provide shade as it matures, and a variety of grasses add texture and height to the yard.
Before: Overtaken with WeedsThe concrete patio has been overrun with wild grass and weeds. The couple wants a simple, clean place where they can relax and entertain guests.
After: Complete RelaxationDesigned as a meditative and relaxing space, the new square-shaped concrete patio leads into a seating area. There, sand keeps the concrete pavers in place,and pea gravel fills in the joints to give the space a polished look. A railroad tie-and-marble coffee table mimics the materials used for the fountain and is perfect for entertaining.
Reflective PoolThe homeowners want to mask the noise from a nearby airport. Valentino adds a galvanized reflective pool that defines and divides the space. By combining railroad ties and marble, he creates a unique fountain, which adds texture and sound to the yard. Mexican pebbles complete the natural look.
Funky DeckPressure-treated wood is used to build the deck, which is set on angle for a picture-perfect view of the yard. The orange plywood backdrop adds an Art Deco feel to the space, while providing privacy from their neighbor's yard.