Before: Lacking StylePierre Villere is a pilot training to fly commercial jets. When he isn't in the cockpit, he lives in a 19th century-inspired home in the Garden District of New Orleans. Although he has spent a lot of time with his mother decorating the home to be a cozy and inviting space, his backyard is far from spectacular. He's ready to turn the yard into a place where he and his roommates can relax and entertain.
Pierre Villere's L-shaped backyard is a bland rectangle of grass leading to a narrow side yard surrounded by mismatched fencing. He and his roommates long for an inviting bachelor's paradise where they can entertain and unwind. They would like to spice up their boring backyard with a new barbecue area and a spa, surrounded by colorful landscaping.
After: Old World DesignThe homeowner spent a week looking over the three designs before deciding on Brian Sublette. His choice of materials gives an old-world feel to the courtyard complete with French doors and a long set of brick steps to tie both entrances together. The fence is raised two feet and tall palm trees are placed just outside, saving space in the courtyard while providing privacy and shade. The floor of the courtyard is covered with a pattern of old New Orleans brick and flagstone that tie in visually with the new parking area. In the corner of the courtyard is a wrought iron table and chairs for entertaining.
Before: Narrow PathUneven pavers form a small patio and a path that wraps around the house. Villere would like to put in a taller fence for privacy as well as expand the nearby cooking area.
After: Outdoor CookingThe barbecue area is updated with new brick steps and a stainless steel grill complete with sink and drink station. Near the breakfast room, a checkerboard pattern of flagstones and dwarf mondo grass and a water feature add a touch of elegance to the space. A selection of hearty, low-maintenance plantings finish out the design.