Using the gardens of the Museum of Modern Art in New York as inspiration, we designed and built an artistic, minimal and intimate backyard patio. Porcelain pavers installed on an angle compliment the movement of the existing Ipe deck. Our innovative art piece and focal point of the garden incorporates a single Scotch Pine (pinus sylvestris) pom pom tree in front of a limestone wall, perpendicular to a piece of corten steel, framed by a bed of slate chips. We sourced a large block of pine from Dave Stine Woodworking to fabricate a unique water feature, with a stainless basin and an Ipe bridge. We also installed a small Ipe trellis/pergola and built a series of movable square Ipe benches. Birch trees and shade tolerant grasses frame the understory of the patio that is also surrounded by existing arborvitae shrubs and giant Callery pear trees. Low voltage landscape lighting and irrigation are also incorporated into the home and gardens.
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