The Before and After Pictures

During a past summer, chevron patterns took over the patio in the sunbathing area.  The pergola is up and the garden matures.  Raised garden beds in the back corners of the patio are constructed with the same stone as the patio.  The garage now has a dutch door on the side and custom carriage doors on the front.  The garage conversion has begun.

Fresh and soft annuals including sweet potato vines and coleus create sweet splashes of color in colorful pots!

Grass and Roses.  Think English Garden - in the city! The grass is from Tiverton, RI.  The bamboo in the back will serve to create an evergreen hedge eventually with some taller trees mixed.  The pergola, constructed by a friend, also hosts hammocks imported from vacations to Puerto Rico, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

Before and After

Summer One, after the purchase of the house, in which the entire back yard contained concrete, even the pool coping. 

Concrete - eventually gone.   Sprinklers In.  Landscaping begins.  This back fence will eventually disappear with a row of climbing, red roses and a set of 10 foot tall, hornbeam trees.

Summer Two: Grass in, stone down and grass in with sprinklers installed too.  But wait -- the fence will soon move, the side door will be replaced with a vintage dutch door and the garage will be transformed into a garden house and seated will be consolidated.

Summer Two: Grass in, stone down and grass in with sprinklers installed too.  But wait -- the fence will soon move, the side door will be replaced with a vintage dutch door and the garage will be transformed into a garden house and seated will be consolidated.

Raised beds with beautiful, "clean" grasses which blow in the wind and colorful annuals to give a pop of color behind the couch.

Summer Five:   Updated textiles and more! And the mermaid is just fun!

The Garage .... The Driveway ... Turned outdoor dining room and Garden House

this is the garage door that came with the purchase of the house; it had to go to increase the size of the yard.

This fence eventually came down to reveal the new pool house / gym and to accommodate an outdoor dining room.

Custom Carriage Doors from Uxbridge, MA set the stage for a new outdoor dining area.
 

The driveway had to be lifted to make way for more space to entertain.

To lift the driveway, heavy equipment came in and more than a week of labor took place.

Once the fence came down on the left, the entire back yard opened up.  Then the garage turned into a garden room with a pop up sink, kitchen prep area, outdoor fridge + freezer and creative ways to store pool supplies and tools.

Old Dutch Door found at a salvage shop in New Bedford, MA.

Piece by piece the driveway is lifted.  You can see the new, custom carriage doors.

These are old jewelry molds Alison found in an old, Pawtucket mill.  She collected them, each with different patterns, and cleaned them up.  On top of a bright, lime green wooden screen, hanging on plumbing pipe frames, these serve to hide the outdoor fridge and pool equipment.

A quick view from the dining room table, which sits right where the top of the driveway used to be.  Fun!

After the drop ceiling was removed, and the exposed beams exposed, Alison brought in a sink, and tables.  Her fiance built the wooden table from left over wood from the demolition and hanging baskets.  The shelving above the steel table are reclaimed from Alison's yoga studio, SHRI, and the table was "upgraded" with a second level of shelving from wood, again, reclaimed from this demo.