Backyard Retreat

Creating attractive and functional outdoor spaces

The owners of a residential property in Jamestown Rhode Island presented a number of goals for the redesign of their landscape. The goals addressed providing more functional space, more privacy and more attractive landscaping. Specifically,

  1. They were interested in carving out more functional space in their back yard and side yard.
  2. They desired more privacy along the south and west sides of the property,
  3. They wanted a redesign of plantings along the west side of the house and an existing patio and deck to provide better
    access between the yard and the house.
  4. They wanted to redesign their front yard landscaping for ad ditional privacy as well as curb appeal.

To address these issues, Landscape Elements LLC provided a
landscape master plan for the site.

We provided larger functional spaces along the back yard ( South Side) through terracing which provided the owners with a larger patio area surrounded by terraced vegetable gardens. We added an outdoor shower and water storage tanks plus a potting table to one side of this lower patio to provide better access for gardening activities.

To create easier access from upper and lower deck/patio areas, we linked the lower patio to the upper patio and deck area on the west side of the house via a new stairway that threaded through a series of new planting areas to create a feeling of an enclosed staircase.

To provide more privacy, we added planting beds along the fenced property lines on the south and west sides but created sinuous beds with a variety of deciduous and evergreen materials so that the yard did not look boxy and angular.

There were issues of water ponding in the existing lower patio area. We addressed this through regrading, allowing some water to
channel away from the patio to an outlying rain garden area.

Design Focus

Site Integration with House • Easier site circulation
Enhanced Privacy • Sustainable Landscape

Backyard Retreat: Jamestown, Rhode Island
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