After the backyard transformation by licensed contractor Chip Wade, the Schroeder residence in Atlanta, GA now has a lot of function with an art studio (right), garden, fire pit, hammock and chicken coop (left), as seen on HGTV and DIY Network's Elbow Room. Before the renovation, the Schroeder family lacked a place to play and make art.
An outdoor fireplace design on your patio or backyard instantly makes a perfect place for entertaining, creating a dramatic focal point. The modern furniture placement is a great way to utilize your exterior space and relax!
A small pond is tucked in a corner adjacent to a flagstone patio with an arbor providing shade when it's hot outside. Landscaping is designed for little pockets of seasonal color to move the eye throughout the space. Arkansas fieldstone is used to raise the pond side 18 inches to allow the homeowner a place to sit and watch the koi.
This elevated patio is grounded by a strong horizontal wall with a see-through fireplace on the east end. This element helps to highlight the large Palladian inspired window. A water element on the south side relates to the view of the river beyond at the lower level of the property.
Directly opposite of the fireplace are a set of steps that cascade down to the lower patio where the outdoor kitchen with bar seating and dining area are located. Note that the fireplace wall and the outdoor kitchen are clad in the same dark stone to distinguish them as balancing objects within the space. The remaining walls are clad in a lighter stone to match the home.
In this landscape design by Jamie Durie, this "nest" is enveloped in foliage and tilted to one side to allow views out from the central platform, creating the illusion of sprouting from the forest floor like a plant. Several types of ornamental shrubs and grasses have been arranged in the outdoor bowl-shaped area. Trees grow up through the center of the platform, providing a canopy that protects and embraces the space while allowing dappled light to penetrate.
A rustic stone wall features a sleek waterfall that pours into the contemporary swimming pool at this historic Key West cottage. Palm trees and tropical plantings bring shade and privacy to the backyard.
Unique to this backyard design was the 3.5’ wide by 17’ long water feature. Stainless steel insets were specially fabricated which then filled and tested for leaks at the yard. Any pin holes found were welded on site to ensure a water-tight container. The stainless steel container was then carefully transported to the job site and installed. The stone coping around the perimeter was mortared down to help keep the water feature in place as well as provide a seat wall.