For ten years, I’ve ignored and disliked my front yard and and lack of ‘curb appeal’… with an uneven and wonky driveway, where the passengers couldn’t get in or out without me pulling out of the driveway, to the crumbling concrete steps…. it had been an atrocity.
For every client meeting at my home, I was so embarrassed…
a homeowner’s haiku:
permeable, pretty with stone
design meets function
This year, the stars aligned and thanks to a collaboration with an old college friend who is an amazing sustainable landscape designer (Callahan + LeBleu Landscapes, in Portland Maine), as well as my new awesome contractor, an overwhelming dream is now a reality.
I celebrated by taking a film photo of the man with the skills to execute this design, my contractor Dan Coleman, a fellow Board member for the Roc City Skatepark:
The genius design consists of Turfstone pavers for my tires, with pea stone and gravel for the driveway. This allows rain and snow to fall right through. And it looks sexy!
The front steps were moved over to the left and are now local Bluestone flagstone, as well as the new patio area where the trash can resides. Unlike Slate, they are not slippery when wet. There are two irregular stones in the new garden between the drive and steps for walking from my car to the steps and the side yard to the steps. The one near my car has a fossil pattern in it! I also added another irregular stone in the front yard to stand on while I water, as well as to bring the bluestone into the rest of the front yard.
The front porch was fixed up and painted, with a new mailbox and vintage trunk to hide the recycle bins. The only thing not reclaimed on this project were the old concrete steps. A new rain barrel is coming soon, as well as painting the rest of the house.
A special thank you to my friends, Kristina & Dylan, who painted the porch, helped with a lot of the misc. items like moving plants and pea stone, as well as finding the old organ bench, which became a new succulent garden….
Now I enjoy sitting on my front porch, drinking coffee and tending to the garden. The whole process of having a professional landscape designer was amazing, even long distance. I absolutely was at a loss as to what to do until Bret came up with the design. Not only that, but there has been a steady stream of neighbors stopping to see the progress and comment on how lovely it all looks.
Everyone’s first question is about snow shoveling. Well, I use a deck brush to push the snow off my steps/car and then just shovel the sidewalk and apron. Also with the 60 degree days we get after a snowfall nowadays, I’m thinking the snow will just melt right through my driveway/yard. If all that fails, my new Subaru can just run right over it. Bret and I did have chats about this before he finalized the design.
Thank you Bret, Dan, Kristina and Dylan and my neighbors who let me rip out their bushes/yard!!