Disguising an Eyesore, Granting a Wish
What is on your garden wish list? A Lunaform pot? A gazebo? Hot tub (please, don’t make me go there . . .)? Several years ago, I had a client whose list included a potting shed. Only problem was, she had a minuscule back yard and many, many other items on that list. She also had an unsightly under-deck area courtesy of her contractor.
Hmm, I thought. Not to worry, she said, the contractor was going to “screen” it for her with lattice work. So he did.
Better? I’ll let you be the judge, but I thought it was pretty ugly. And there was still the matter of the potting shed. I came up with an idea. I huddled with our company’s ace carpenter and special projects manager. I consulted with the client; there was really no room for a real potting shed, I pointed out (and in another post, I’ll show you the whole lot and you’ll realize why). But we could give her the illusion of one and solve a difficult aesthetic problem at the same time.
The door you see on the left leads to the under-deck storage area, where the clients keep firewood and where the air conditioning units are located. We took design elements, including the slat openings in the door and screening, from the style of fencing the owners had installed around the yard, and I added lattice panels to provide support for clematis and dress up the woodwork a bit. The client was delighted, and we had solved a pesky problem by turning an eyesore into a plus in the landscape.Explore posts in the same categories: landscape, Landscape design solutions comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.