Outdoor Living Space Makeovers: An Elegant Backdrop For A Wedding

January 2018

Creating Custom Outdoor Kitchens With Style

Hillsboro Makeover: A Form+Function Success

In this project spotlight, our Hillsboro clients were preparing to host their grandchild’s wedding and wanted to convert their outdoor space into an elegant and functional venue for the big event. They contacted us well in advance to be sure everything would be ready in time. Our team even finished the project a full year before the wedding, giving them lots of extra time to enjoy their new space before it served as the perfect backdrop for a beautiful wedding.

Project Challenges & Features:

Every project is unique and requires custom solutions. The expert team at Landscape East & West knows exactly how to assess and prioritize so each part of the process is completed in the right order to ensure a successful end result. With this project, the site was rundown and in need of extensive renovations.

Drainage was the first issue the team needed to address, and careful planning was key. French drains were added along pathways and a catch basin was added to collect water from the patio. One hill was eroding and desperately needed to be shored up. Lastly, a drip irrigation system was installed. To save money our landscaping team always try to make use of clients’ existing materials whenever possible.

The retaining walls needed to be upgraded, so we added a basalt ledgestone to support the structurally sound existing concrete walls.

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Patio and Path
The patio was completely rebuilt. We broke up the old patio into blocks, which were used to help halt the hillside erosion mentioned earlier. We constructed the patio with poured concrete featuring patterned stone—in this case, variegated bluestone that we set in a deliberate random pattern. The path was pre-existing, but Landscape East & West reset the stone into a charming pattern, again, reusing materials that the client already had.

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Outdoor Kitchen with Covered Structure

A main attraction of the design, the covered structure was built to match the architectural style of the home. Our design featured concrete roof tiles on the upper section, with the rest constructed of cedar. Recessed lighting brings out the warm tones in the beams. The stairs to the upper patio were re-positioned to sit into the wall rather than protrude, preventing a safety hazard that would take up too much room. The BBQ island was also set into the wall to save space. The grill makes use of propane from an onsite tank, and also featured a custom-built gas-burning fireplace.

Working with Existing Materials
Landscape East & West worked with the client during all phases of the project to make good use of existing, onsite materials. By using materials that were readily available, we were able to save the client a good deal of money. In addition to reusing the old patio to help control the hillside erosion, the path to the forest also featured the use of reclaimed materials.

Design/Build
The design and build was planned and completed a full year before the wedding event. When hosting important soirées, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead so that we can do a better job of assisting you, and avoid the hassle of last minute complications.

Garden Design
The garden design was completed by Adriana Berry of Plant Passion Design. Adriana is an incredibly talented designer, and we are always thrilled to work with her and her company. She created the entire design with the exception of the BBQ island and structure, which we collaborated on. Typically the layout for the stonework is drawn on paper by our landscaping team, and the client is able to help pick sizes and colors of the stone used. It’s a fun and creative way to design!

Picture Yourself Entertaining In Your Custom Outdoor Kitchen
Feeling inspired? We love making your Design/Build dreams a reality. From hardscaping to event location design to erosion prevention features, Landscape East & West is ready to help you create the outdoor living area you’ve always wanted. Call us and let’s get started on your project today.

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