Rejuvenating an Unused Westwood Backyard Into an Awesome Outdoor Living Space
Before Land Design Associates renovated the backyard at this family home in Westwood, it was bland and underutilized.
The small, discolored vinyl deck was misshapen and tired, the paver-stoned yard offered no privacy for socializing and the lawn areas presented unkempt woods that imposed on the amorphous space.
In short, the homeowners had a beautiful house but lacked a stunning outdoor living space that they could be proud of.
So we set out to design and build for this family with children a backyard patio and lounge area, complete with an outdoor gas fireplace, a kitchen grill built into a stone island and a beautiful perimeter of flowers and plants, to help get them back into nature.
Patio with Grill Island Replaces Old Deck
We designed and built a new patio by hand-laying modern, blue-hued pavers from Techo Bloc and enlarging the surface area for proper outdoor gatherings.
These pavers are a popular choice for many backyard designs in the Boston area as they fit into modest budgets better than most natural stones without greatly sacrificing aesthetics or functionality.
We constructed a grill island along one corner of the patio using a durable, blue-gray granite called Blue Mist for the countertop to complement the nearby wall colors and to match materials for the wall caps and steps.
We built the base from natural veneer stone, sliced very thinly and cemented to a steel-reinforced, concrete-block wall trimmed and hand-laid by our skilled masons, for a high-quality look.
Because veneer stone, which is available in multiple colors and styles, is sliced so thinly, our masons can easily create tight, aesthetically pleasing joints.
We designed the steps to flow gracefully to the patio and ensured they would be large enough even for the children to sit on. The Blue Mist granite for the steps has a non-skid surface yet is smooth enough to comfortably enjoy the area with your bare feet during the summertime.
Outdoor Gas Fireplace Provides Warmth to the Outdoor Lounge Area
Sited at an angle to provide a great interface with the upper patio, the outdoor fireplace is the focal point of the lower sitting area.
We built walls at bench height on the sides of the fireplace to allow plenty of sitting room for friends and family, again using veneer stone and Blue Mist granite for the caps for continuity.
The remote-controlled gas fireplace eliminates the time-consuming needs of having to prepare a fire by hand and to wait for potentially unsafe embers to extinguish before retiring for an evening. Gas fireplaces also do not need to be cleaned of ashes and potentially foul-smelling half-burnt logs.
We used the same Techo Bloc pavers for the lower-area patio surface from the dining-area patio for further aesthetic consistency, accenting them with a lovely Victorien paver border. Banding the patio with a paver of contrasting colors here provided a nice, inexpensive flourish to the design.
The fireplace area is now a “go-to destination” for the family, enabling them to enjoy their outdoor space from early spring to late fall (and even sometimes during mild-weathered winter days!). Gone are the family’s times of not being able to relax outside with a red wine and friends on a gloriously crisp autumn day.
Outdoor Lights to Illuminate Evenings
Our landscaping specialists installed light fixtures underneath the wall caps, step treads and the grill-island countertop to cast just the right amount of light to warm up the patio at night.
Additionally, LED path lights and up-lights on the trees augment and expand the effect of these built-in lights to create a feeling of moonlight throughout the whole backyard, while being fully within the family’s convenient control from either an inside switch or a phone app.
Providing Privacy With Beautiful Flowers and Plants
We used a large variety of colors and textures for the plantings that surround the patio areas.
Along the edges of the upper patio area and throughout the lower patio area, respectively, the family now delights in the aromas and visuals of Boxwood and super fragrant summer sweets.
Endless Summer Hydrangea gives beautiful balls of flowers all summer while large fir trees and western red cedars were planted along the property line to create a sense of privacy from neighboring houses.
Colorful perennials provide vibrancy color throughout the summer season, including a pink dogwood tree that blooms in June to provide flowers that last for weeks.
Lastly, we installed a high-tech drip-irrigation system from Netafim for the plants to create an eco-friendly watering solution that also saves the family tons of time and effort. The drip system connects directly to the lawn-irrigation timer, so hand-watering is never required.
Plant Beds and a New Fence to Define the Large Side Yard
The homeowners have a very large yard that was encroached upon by some messy woods.
Confronted with this challenge, our professional landscapers built a layered planting bed with tall evergreen plants at the back, medium flowering plants in the middle and colorful perennials along the front of the bed with a nice arch and steel edging to permanently maintain the flowing curves of the bed.
The layered planting bed’s effect defines the lawn-area space and creates an edge to separate the yard from the woods. In the back of the planting bed, we installed a spaced picket-vinyl fence that provides a neat appearance and works very well as a background or foil for the variety of textures and colors in the planting bed.
New Outdoor Space a Success for Family and Friends
With the installation of the new patio, fireplace area and side yard, this beautiful house in Westwood now has places for the family and their friends to actually enjoy outside, whereas before they wouldn’t even venture into their backyard.
The project also provided a ton of value to the house when the family decides to sell. The reality of today’s housing market compels young couples to focus on certain must-haves, including nice outdoor living areas and green yards with flowers for their kids to play in.
“Land Design Associates was very professional and their labor crew highly skilled. They provided exceptional advice and created a landscape design based on our vision. The management team was patient and very helpful as we made numerous changes prior to the final drawings. I highly recommend Land Design Associates and their great crew to any potential client.” – Homeowner
Looking to Upgrade your Backyard Space in Westwood and the Surrounding Area with a New Landscape Design?
If you want to stun your family and friends and truly fall in love with spending time outside in your own backyard, come talk to us. We’ve been providing landscaping services to Westwood, Norfolk County and southern Middlesex County for over 25 years, and we’re proud of what we do.