Fox Garden

Plans, details, specs and planting guide for a residential garden addition and hillside stabilization project prompted by property and fence line adjustments.

The design proposed two upgrade options for an existing patio. The first option simply extended the existing brick pattern into a new garden terrace area. The second option replaced the brick with a cast-in-place concrete surface for easier maintenance. This option featured a lightly brushed surface with a deep troweled 16" grid that aligned diagonally with the house. For ornamentation, the centers of about 10 percent of the grid squares were debossed with a leaf from an on-site Bigleaf Maple.

We built the latter patio.

PLAN - OPTION A (BRICK PATIO)
PLAN - OPTION B (CONCRETE PATIO)

The design also featured a garden terrace on the newly acquired property. It proposed a safe, flat, enclosed, and lawned area for gatherings by extending an existing stone retaining wall and adding a new stone sitting wall along the steep slope at the terrace edge.

WALL AND PAVING DETAILS

Bowl shaped decorative light fixtures made with colored glass curved upward to intentionally capture water. Mounted on the stone walls, they served a dual purpose - as bird baths by day and area lighting by night.

LIGHTING DETAILS

Given on-site access constraints, the cast-in-place concrete patio surface was batch made in the driveway and hand wheelbarrowed downslope to the back yard.

Meta

Responsible for design, budget, contract documents and patio construction.

Role: Landscape Architect

Setting: Freelance

Location: Portland, Oregon

Year: 1992

Media: India ink on Mylar drafting film.