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Innovative Design/Build Leads to Back Yard Transformation

In Rhode Island, which is where Hebert Design/Build is based, we experienced "Nemo," the Blizzard of 2013, last weekend. It dumped a lot of snow and caused a lot of grief on the roads and in people's homes. This is why we thought we'd share a summer-themed design/build project today. We can dream, right?

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Before the Transformation

As you can see from the picture below, this back yard was in desperate need of some TLC. The fence blocked the sunlight and air flow, and the space (albeit tight) wasn't used effectively (and we shouldn't forget to mention the poor drainage!).

before the backyard transformation

After the Transformation

Our goal was to create a sunny, airy, inviting space to relax and entertain. To accomplish this, we opened up the space by replacing the old solid fence with separate fence sections and adding a side entry with a pergola. This allows for much better air circulation and considerably more light. We then added a porch and bluestone patio.

backyard transformation

We constructed the fence out of clear vertical grain western red cedar. There are no exposed fasteners. We designed the diagonal lattice to mimic the existing design of the home's windows.

backyard fence

As for the drainage issue, we fixed this by installing gutter drains underground. The patio is bluestone over a concrete slab poured over a layer of compacted gravel. The decking is I.P.E. installed with hidden fasteners. The result? Back yard nirvana!

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Spring is just around the corner. Do you have a design/build project in mind for your home? Let's talk!

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