The Goal: Update a Tired, Old Patio

Our Manchester-By-The Sea client was in desperate need of a patio makeover. Their original walkway and patio consisted of rough cobble. The area was showing its age and it was time for an upgrade. For instance, the walking surface was very uneven. Some areas of the masonry were deteriorating. Since they were planning an addition of a new three season room, it was obvious that the old patio had to go.

What the patio looked like before work was done

“Before” photos of Manchester Patio Makeover Project

Prepping for the Patio Makeover

First we had to remove all of the old cobble and stone walls to make room for the addition.

Work that was done before the new patio could be installed

Prepping the Site for the Patio Makeover

The Plan

Our client wanted a fresh new look that would complement their new addition. From a design standpoint, we wanted the patio makeover to seamlessly blend in with its surroundings. Therefore, we used natural stone for all surfaces. First we laid bluestone for the patio and walkways – the back patio includes a reclaimed granite inlay. The natural colors in the bluestone reflect hues of the sky and the earth. Then we used granite for the steps, walls and caps. The durability of granite will stand the test of time.

Bluestone and Granite PAtio

Patio Makeover Near Completion

The Execution

Once the new hardscape was set in place, it was time get to work on the softscape to complete our project. In addition to installing new plants, we relocated a Japanese stewartia from the corner of the house to the corner of the driveway. This proved to be quite a task, but our skilled crew got it done in no time at all. Our plantings include: white shrub roses, Russian sage, butterfly bushes, endless summer hydrangeas, overdam grasses, deautzia, geranium, dianthus and ground cover seedum.

Final phase of patio makeover with new plants

New Plantings for the Patio Makeover

 

Bluestone and granite walkways with new plantings

Patio Makeover Complete

If you have an area of you landscape that could use a little TLC and you don’t know where to begin, Cole design experts can lead you in the right direction. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.