Before: Concrete and WoodKathrina and Marcel Weekes' backyard is dominated by concrete and a wooden deck. With a flagstone patio, water feature and sand pit, landscape designer Cathleen Padgett creates a Mediterranean-inspired garden.
The Weekes love their 1970's home, but their backyard is full of concrete and sharp edges and they rarely venture outside. The couple needs a more kid-friendly space full of colors and textures, where they can also entertain family and friends.
After: Fun and PlayfulLandscape designer Cathleen Padgett implements a sophisticated, but playful design plan, creating an inviting space for the entire family. Using gold decomposed granite to complement the house, the crew lays a flagstone patio perfect for entertaining and relaxing. To keep the area fun, a redwood teeter-totter is placed on the edge of the patio.
Before: Bleak BackyardThe vast amount of concrete and wood makes the backyard a dangerous space for kids. The homeowners want to remove the hard surfaces and fill the area with soft and inviting elements. With busy schedules and young children, they don't have a lot of time to spare so the space also needs to be easy to maintain.
After: Inviting SpaceA beautiful new lawn softens the yard, and Padgett selected colorful plants that also smell good, such as lavender, hibiscus and a lemon tree, to line the space. Two oak barrels in the corner of the yard are the perfect place to grow tomatoes. The crew reused wood from the old porch to create two benches, where the couple can sit to watch the kids play.
Unique SandpitA unique sunken sandpit surrounded by rocks is a great place for the kids to play. The kidney-shape fits right into the curve of the lawn, creating a nice flow throughout the space.
Globe Water FountainSince Mediterranean gardens usually have flowing water and colorful art, Padgett combines the two in a beautiful globe fountain. Wire mesh covers the tops of the reservoir so that kids and pets can't get into the water, and pebbles are place on top to hide the wire and add interest.