The Corner Hangout, in James Landing

Materials: Stone; Stone Dust; Pavers; Boulders; River Rock; Soil; Plants; and Mulch.

Same Space, New Needs

We originally did a simple clean-up in the back corner of this yard, removing the debris and overgrown vinca vines. It was used as a garden years ago by the previous homeowners, but now it was an empty, awkward corner now. Our client wanted a space to sit and look back toward their home, enjoy a fire, and hang out with the pups.

Building the Plans

Because there were several goals the homeowner had for this space, we broke it into sections. The first was the pavers, followed by the landscaping. Coming later will be a small pondless waterfall, outdoor lighting, and a compact outdoor kitchen.

Keeping it Compact

The goal was to keep this space as compact as possible, while including space for a fire pit and seating, in addition to a table and chair set for outdoor meals. In the design, we laid the patio out to have the least amount of dead space possible, thereby limiting the total square footage of the hardscape. To soften the edges, we laid out the patio 4 to 6 feet off the fence. This created a space to add some landscaping, and also provided an area for traffic to spill over from the patio.

Laying the Base

We started by laying out the design on the ground, and then excavated down to a depth of 8″. Next, we installed a fabric layer with 4″ of compacted crushed stone. We also installed a 2″ PVC pipe in the stone base, this will be sleeve for running future electrical. The base packed thoroughly; we spread a 1″ layer of sand. Now we were ready to lay the pavers! Our client chose a slightly larger three-piece paver: Eagle Bay Chatham Natural with no soldier border.

Landscaping Installation

Once the patio was complete, we laid out our new landscape. To frame the outside edges of the space, we used Green Emerald Arborvitae. Along the inside edges we installed Emerald Snow Loropetalum. For shrub flowers we add a Boomerang Lilac, Little Lime Hydrangea, and a tree form Limelight Hydrangea.

Six Varieties of Hosta

We used a few boulders and some river rock around the patio to add even more dimension. We used six different types of Hosta: Blue Angle, Frances Williams, Guacamole, Francee, So Sweet, and Patriot. Finally, we added a mix of perennials. These included Nepeta (Catmint), Perovskia (Russian Sage), Echinacea (Coneflower), and Rudbeckia (Black Eyed-Susan).
We finished all this off with a fresh coat of dyed shredded hardwood mulch, a bit of grading, and Virginia Green tall fescue.

Ready to enjoy!

Now, this couple is ready to enjoy the outdoors with beautiful patio and landscape!

Our whole project came in at just under $14,000.