Hello and thank you for considering my project. I am asking for your help in creating a simple, low-cost and no/low maintenance area that my dog and I can enjoy. I have searched online for pictures that represent what I'm looking for, but have not had any real luck.
I know that I want the following three elements:
1. an interesting hardscape design using natural shapes and textures, etc.
2. an area of artificial dog turf in the NW corner (120-150 sq ft??/any shape??)
3. white vinyl pergola-type structure(s) to provide afternoon shade across the width of the back of the house (a kit would be fine)
Please note... I am not looking for anything complicated or fancy; I'm not a "spa-like bathroom experience" woman if that helps. I don't want to spend a lot of money on materials and labor.
My yard is 645-ish sq ft of flat blank slate for you to work with. I envision a light and airy (in terms of mass), tailored yet interesting array of natural shapes and textures with a sprinkling of colorful and drought-tolerant potted and/or hanging plants.
I do want hardscaping (pavers, stone and the like), not grass, planter beds, etc.
Please do not worry about seating, BBQ, fire pit, fountains, etc. That's not me. I am a nature/animal lover so would be happy to see a few vertical stone faces (perhaps in conjunction with some type of bird bath). Subtle lighting would be nice as well.
Please provide me with documents that will translate your vision to the professionals I hire to carry it out. Specific materials lists are not as important as the patterns, textures and dimensions you are recommending.
And please do not hesitate to ask any and all questions you need clarified. I will monitor arcbazar closely.
All existing concrete and brick will be removed as part of the re-do. I have no need/desire to re-use any of the old materials.
The surrounding 6-foot fencing will be replaced with the same dog-eared cedar as required by my homeowners' association/neighbors. I will let it age naturally.
The A/C unit cannot be moved as building codes require clearance on three sides, and I would rather not attach anything to the house structure.
Thank you very much,
Anita in California