Form should follow function but should it also follow flow? Creating new outdoor spaces, as any design, usually begins by identifying its use. Asking and understanding how a client will use their new backyard structure is key to creating a great design for their family. As important to understanding the function is fitting the design to the home and this includes the land.
We designed this Libertyville, IL project to meet the young families’ needs and the flow of their yard. Based upon the yard grading it would have been easier to do a deck but they liked the look of a paver patio.
They wanted a space for six to dine & grill and a level for a couple of lounge chairs. The design also needed to create a transition from the house to the backyard, especially towards the kids swing set. As we considered their priorities and the grade of the yard it became obvious to create a series of paver patio levels. Patio levels that provide the spaces desired and followed the drop in the back yard to meet the lowest grade where the swing set was.
By providing a 3 dimensional drawing of the design on their home the client was able to visualize our recommendation. Together we reviewed two design ideas and made edits to get the exact design they wanted on the back of their home. Finding the best plan for our clients is the central focus of our design process.
As you can see the result was a great new outdoor living space!