A bed of local river stone serves as both a decorative border to the patio and a drainage system that keeps water from the home's foundation in front of the balcony attached to the master bedroom at the HGTV Dream Home 2011.
A living room set brings indoor luxury to this contemporary courtyard outside the HGTV Green Home 2012. The permeable courtyard surface, paved in crushed granite and a locally-sourced specialty slate mix, allows rainwater to seep to the home's subsurface drainage system.
A container garden is a wonderful thing for ambiance, but it can wreak havoc on your deck or patio’s surface. Overwatering leads to puddling, which leads to mold and stains caused by mineral buildup as the water evaporates. “Anytime we install a deck, we always use saucers for potted plants, connect the pots to an irrigation system, and install a drain tied into the below-ground drainage system whenever possible,” Kalamian says. “That way no water pools around the bottom or leaks across the deck.” Stains caused by pots often can’t be removed, so prevention is your best option.
This backyard retreat provides plenty of opportunities to entertain friends and family. Plantings bring on the color and help to soften the hardscape. Originally the space offered a large paver patio, block retaining walls, a small deck and lots of lawn. Obstacles to creating this backyard oasis included two septic systems, a well, drainage problems and grade issues.
Pool decking becomes the countertop as it flows into the pool house. A bench spans the width of the pool. The three arches house both screens and shutters. To deal with drainage into the building, there's a strip drain system along the perimeter of the floor. Water drains by gravity into the landscape on the north side of the pool house. The sunken design creates challenges but it unifies the pool and indoor areas seamlessly.