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Small space, big impact

GALA distinction award winner

Cozy contemporary outdoor space.

This small suburban back yard was mainly a leftover spot dominated by out-of-scale screening trees that made it feel like it was in a huge hole, a deck too small to accommodate more than two or three people, and no gardening space to speak of. Our clients like to visit with friends and family out of doors, cook with a few kitchen herbs and hang out later than dusk doing it.

Our client wanted to keep the existing retaining wall as is, so color choices were critical in moving attention away from it to the immediate space such as red for the urn fountain and roses and the richer path color of the mini slate.

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Overgrown cypresses dwarfed the empty space, making it seem small than it was. Walk and snapped stair tread “walls” integrate site amenities cohesively in a linear fashion.

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A fire table with dark blue and grey tones help warm the atmosphere on chili nights outside and provide a focal point as you enter the garden from the parking court.

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Urn fountain placement draws visitors in from parking court towards main focal area. Concrete stepping stones help guide guests to the large deck at the back of the home. A small herb garden near the fountain insures that fresh herbs are available for cooking while blending ornamentally into the design. Copper landscape lights will slowly develop a patina to blend into the landscape visually in the day and light the space for late nights in the garden.

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The small deck size limited the scope of outdoor gatherings at finished floor elevation. The enlarged deck facilitates larger gatherings while wider steps allow for easier ingress and egress. The dark grey furniture and deck enlargement not only helped open up more entertainment space but also draws visitor’s eyes to the main elevation of the garden with its repetition of strong color.


About Classic Landscapes, Inc.

Classic LandscapesClassic Landscapes, Inc. designs, builds and manages outdoor environments for discriminating clients in South Atlanta and beyond. Classic’s leadership team has been providing award-winning services in the southern crescent since 2005.

Headquartered in Hampton, Georgia Classics’ key people have 60+ years of experience in the creation and stewardship of great outdoor spaces. Contact us today and see why “Good ideas never go out of style”.