Mid Century Courtyard Remodel / by Mark Garff

Small gardens benefit from shorter timelines and attention to detail that is sometimes lost on larger landscapes.  Working from concept to installation took only four months!  We’re excited to see this garden grow and evolve as the plants mature and grow together to form drifts and soften the edges of the spaces. 

Sometimes it’s the small gardens that are the most rewarding. Last September, a young professional living in a mid-century modern home in West Seattle sent us an email with a photo of an unused, asphalt-covered space adjacent to his front door (SEE BELOW).



Already partially enclosed by an ipe fence and concrete wall, our client had a vision of an outdoor courtyard for entertaining on warm summer evenings since the space would be shaded by the house in the afternoon. He imagined the space with a water feature, lighting and paving surrounded by plants. And he wanted it installed ASAP!

With our marching orders in place, we drew up a schematic plan quickly and met to review two options for the space.  These options quickly coalesced and combined into a single vision for the space.  A thick, 60” tall concrete wall would enclose the opening to the street – creating privacy and security, and making a bold statement.  We knew the gate had to be interesting enough to stand up to the large concrete walls on either side, so we designed and had custom fabricated by Dennis Schleder (www.dennisschleder.com) a beautiful, visually dynamic metal gate.  The gate has become the icing on the cake, all 300 pounds of it!

Other touches include drought tolerant planting, bluestone paving with pebble accents, crushed granite paving, LED accent lighting, and outdoor furniture.  Both existing trees were retained and are thriving with their new soil.  The garden was installed in December and our client is extremely happy with the results – so are we!

photography by: Coreen Schmidt