Urban WastelandRobin and Sandy moved in their home a year and a half ago with one tortoise and a bunch of cats. Since then, they've added two dogs and a baby. Though they have a great big backyard, it's been taken over by the dogs. It's time to take it back.
Colorful BackyardLandscape designer Kat Weiss designs a rustic retreat for the family. The curved flagstone patio meanders through the yard, creating a sense of length and giving options for spaces to sit. A one-of-a-kind A-frame arbor creates a destination for relaxing, plus it draws the eye through the space inviting guests out into the garden. As a final touch to the yard, they create a birdhouse sanctuary out of colorful poles and decorative homes.
Uninspiring LandscapeWhile the house appealed to the homeowners' sensibilities, the backyard is a huge wasteland. They need spaces for each of their animals, their baby and themselves, including areas for entertaining and play. In addition, they want low maintenance plants that won't get torn up by the dogs.
Unique Flagstone PatioThree matching habitats in differing height are designed to fit everyone's needs. The tallest is a vegetable garden for Robin and Sandy; the middle is a sandbox for the baby and the shortest acts as a borough for the tortoise. A spiral fountain made from boulders and soil is placed on the path and provides relaxing sounds to the space. Sturdy grasses and durable plants complete the new look.