Before: Sloping HillsideHomeowners Matt and Kristi Meyer love the outdoors except when it comes to their backyard. Designer Eric Van Thomme turns their tiny rectangular yard into a North Woods paradise. We learn how to install a boulder wall, boulder seating and even a boulder birdbath. The narrow backyard is expanded and we see a canoe shaped patio bring the homeowners personality to the yard.
After: Boulder Retaining WallLandscape designer Eric Van Thomme comes up with a north woods design plan. The Landscape Smart team levels out the slope and builds a boulder retaining wall into the hillside to give the yard an organic feel and stop water from running into the house. More boulders are added around the space for seating.
Before: Overgrown YardThis outdoor-loving couple likes seeing their woodsy hillside, but need a better space for hanging out. In addition, they have some handicapped family members, so the space needs to be more accessible.
After: Canoe-Inspired PatioTo take advantage of every inch of the narrow space, they build a canoe-shaped patio. A flagstone walkway makes the patio wheelchair-accessible for their family members. Shade-loving plants and a natural stone birdbath complete the nature hideaway.