Drawing Board Landscaping + Outdoor Living A Fredericksburg, Virginia, couple was dissatisfied with their flat, boring backyard and large yet unappealing patio. They hired Daniel Robey of McHale Landscape Design to integrate a pool and water feature into space and to provide much-needed shade for outdoor gatherings.
|From the expansive patio, the yard offered little visual interest.||A 12-by-50 foot pool was installed beside the patio; it's bordered by a stone wall with copper scuppers that channel flowing water.|
|There was no respite from the direct sun, which "really hammered the yard," says Robey.||A cedar pergola that provides shade complements the home's architecture. A row of evergreens was moved closer to the pool to block the sun.|
|There was no place for the grill that didn't block views or get in the way.||The grill is tucked away on a small grilling patio at the end of the pool.|
|Plantings were sparse, which left the back of the house looking bare.||Rows of boxwood and colorful seasonal plantings enhance the house and landscape.|