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Formal Backyard Patio Showcases the Beauty of Natural Gray Concrete
This backyard patio, surrounded by beautiful formal gardens, was created using concrete stamped in an ashlar slate pattern instead of more expensive grouted flagstone.
The concrete was left a natural gray and accented with dark a gray antiquing color to add texture and a weathered effect.
Sections of the patio were designed to bump out into the garden beds and help provide a framework for the formal design.
Granite urns and curved concrete benches purchased by the homeowner rest atop the rounded portion of the concrete, adding to the formal look and providing an inviting space for sitting.
When the design of a concrete patio is conceived with the landscaping firmly in mind, beautiful things happen. That was the case for this backyard patio project in Silverdale, Wash., a collaborative effort by Northwest Construction & Landscape LLC, a company specializing in the installation of stamped concrete patios, driveways and walkways, and landscape architect Emily Russell of Russell Design Source, the designer of the formal backyard garden.
The goal of the project was to totally transform the backyard by reducing the lawn area, much of which was saturated and mossy, and better utilize the space by creating a courtyard patio that that the homeowner could use for family gatherings, entertaining and relaxation. Because of budget concerns, the homeowner opted for decorative stamped concrete rather than a mortared flagstone patio, saving more than $5,000. “I always let homeowners know that we can do either for them, but to me, going with concrete is an easy choice to make because of the cost savings,” says Colby Brand, president of Northwest Construction & Landscape.
In addition to the stamped concrete patio, the project included concrete steps to allow a smooth and easy transition from the inside of the house to the outside and a curved concrete walkway on the side of the house to connect the backyard to the front yard. Brand suggested using an ashlar slate pattern for the entire project to mimic the pattern used in Russell’s conceptual design. To more closely replicate the look of flagstone, the concrete was left a natural gray with antiquing color added for greater realism. The shape of the 647-square-foot courtyard patio was designed to enhance the formal landscape plans. Instead of a conventional rectangular shape, sections of the concrete bump out into the garden beds against the backside of the house to tie the various elements together.
Brand says his company has worked closely with Russell on several landscaping projects, a collaboration that has worked quite successfully. “Emily has an excellent sense of design and creates plans that are easy for us to read and execute. It's a great situation for us and the client, as they know exactly what they're getting from the beginning,” he says.
Pattern stamp: Ashlar Roman Slate, from Proline Concrete Tools Antiquing agent: Proline EZ-Tique in Midnight Gray Concrete sealer: Dayton Superior Cure & Seal 25% J22UV
Colby Brand Northwest Construction & Landscape LLC, Bremerton, Wash.
Emily Russell Russell Design Source, Bremerton, Wash. www.russelldesignsource.com