Formal Backyard Garden

This formal backyard garden project in Silverdale was designed by Emily Russell of Russell Design Source. Much of the homeowner’s original lawn was removed to make way for a courtyard patio and furnishings, raised garden beds and formal, shade-tolerant plantings.

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Before

Once all of the old, mossy lawn was removed, we brought in truck loads of dark, rich organic soil to create raised beds.  Then, we set up concrete forms for the courtyard patio and walkway located on the side of the house.

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The concrete steps were poured first.

Emily’s plan called for three Dwarf Southern Magnolia trees, pyramidal trees that bloom in the spring, along with shade tolerant plants such such as Lenten Rose hellebores and Old Fashion Bleeding Hearts.

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The leaves of Dwarf Southern Magnolias are rusty-brown on the undersides.

Ashlar slate stamped concrete looks a lot like tile though is much more affordable.  The concrete was antiqued, a technique used in concrete applications to create a marbling effect, and sealed to protect it from stains.

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This courtyard showcases the beauty of natural gray concrete.

The courtyard offers a great space to gather and entertain, and the marble planters and furniture selected by the homeowner complement it beautifully.

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After

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Outdoor Seating Area

We’re already longing for afternoons spent lounging outside on an outdoor seating area, book in hand. If you’re dreaming of the perfect outdoor space and this is the year to make it happen, this project will help you visualize. Temperatures may be frigid outside, but it’s never too early to begin planning!

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For the do-it-yourself crowd, here’s how an outdoor seating area with pavers is done:

1.  First consider, do you want the top of the material surface to be level with the ground? Take inventory of the dimensions of your pavers and any base materials.  You may need to dig out some of the original dirt.

2. Once your sub-grade is level, install a compacted layer of 3/8 minus gravel to mitigate settling, and to keep the material installed on top of it level. We use a compactor to do this and install at least a 2″ compacted base. This needs to be very level. Consider that a slight slope may be needed so that water can drain properly (2% or 1% is recommended). Wherever your slope is directed, keep in mind that’s where water will collect. Preparing for rainfall is an absolute must here in the Pacific Northwest.

3. Apply a 2″ layer of sand on top of gravel.

4. Then lay pavers.

5. After pavers are laid, apply sand into the joints (the spaces between pavers), and broom the sand until all of it has fallen into the joints.

6. Now, lay a plywood sheet atop the pavers to secure the pavers and sand more firmly into place without breaking your paver material. This important step will help to mitigate them moving or shifting out of place. We use a 4×8 sheet of plywood for this along with a compactor. You’re almost done!

7. Sweep any excess sand.

Below are great resources to help you get started:

To see the multitude of square paver products available on the market and how they’ve been used in outdoor projects, click here.

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Once you’re finished, all that’s needed is a warm, sunny day, a good book and a glass of strawberry lemonade. If all of this sounds like more work than you have the time or energy for, give us a call or email us at info@northwestcl.com. We’d love the opportunity to help you plan and budget for your outdoor seating area.

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Front Yard Transformation

We headed all the way out to Steilacoom for this project.  The homeowners were such a pleasure to work for that we didn’t at all mind the extra commute!  An added bonus was getting the opportunity to learn about and work with different vendors in that area.

The talented Emily Russell ASLA designed this lawnless landscape, creating an additional parking area along with pathways for the homeowners to easily move through their front yard space.  Her plan originally called for pavers, but with concrete being a much less costly alternative, the homeowners opted for London Cobblestone stamped concrete instead.

Take a look at the progression of this lawn free landscaping project:

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Before shot

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Existing grass and an exposed aggregate concrete walkway and step were removed.

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Topsoil and decorative rocks were installed for the creation of landscape beds, bordered with forms for concrete installation.

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Plantings included Miscanthus ‘Morning Light,’ Mexican Feather Grass, Mondo Grass and more…

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Integral coloring was used for this concrete installation which was done in two separate pours.

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London Cobblestone stamped concrete before it was antiqued and sealed.

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After shot. A total front yard landscape transformation!

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Waterfront Landscape Installation

Working on this waterfront landscape installation in Seabeck offered us a stunning view of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. The homeowners planned a massive renovation of their home and lot, tackling an extensive remodeling project and new landscape at the same time. If the view looks familiar, it’s the same mountainscape featured in this landscape installation we completed earlier this year.

Designed by the talented Emily Russell, ASLA, this project features a flagstone patio with a natural stone seating area, stone steps, raised beds, and a new lawn from hydroseed. Invasive species were removed, and native plants such as Oregon grape, salal, and beach strawberry groundcover were planted.

A key feature of this project is a rain garden which acts as a filter to mitigate stormwater runoff before it reaches the Puget Sound, thanks to Christy Christensen of C3 Habitat Corp. who provided her expertise and guidance.

Below are progress photos which document the approach we took to this waterfront landscape installation.

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All existing lawn and plant material were removed. It’s pretty amazing to see the transformation that occurs when all that is left is bare dirt.

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Once we had a clean slate to work with, Vern’s Organic Topsoil was delivered and spread. In our opinion, Vern’s is the best topsoil in the area. It’s full of nutrients and is regularly tested to ensure that it meets the requirements for Grade A organic topsoil.

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Decorative placement rocks were installed in the large bed that conjoined the deck, along with rock steps. Sedum ‘Angelina’ was planted, along with woolly thyme and blue oat grass.

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A flagstone patio was installed with decorative placement rocks that act as seating. Finding favorable rock material is a task that requires time and a good amount of patience. Sometimes the best rocks are at the bottom of the pile!

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The rain garden was installed along the retaining wall on the right. Hydroseed was sprayed for a new lawn.

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One month later, a lush new lawn had grown in thanks to Hoyt’s Hydroseeding.

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The homeowners were thrilled with both Emily Russell’s design and the outcome after installation. We very much enjoyed working on this waterfront landscape installation, a true collaboration between all involved.

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Back Yard Renovation w/ Fire Pit

This back yard in Poulsbo called for a total transformation.  The hillside was the first issue to address.  To hold the massive, existing slope in place we created a retaining wall that ensures excellent drainage.  We compacted a layer of ¾ minus for the base of the wall, utilized 18-24” of drain rock behind the wall, and installed a perforated drain pipe with a sock to mitigate the possibility of wall failure due to erosion.

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Before shot

Our client is a chef at MorMor Bistro in Poulsbo, and wanted a wood burning fire pit to cook for family and friends.  The concrete was poured in phases, the first of which was the square fire pit.

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Wood burning concrete fire pit

We created a Random Canyon Stone stamped border around the existing exposed aggregate patio, and around the Roman Slate stamped body of the patio.  (Or should we say, “shoulders” of the patio?)

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Stamped concrete patio and fire pit before color

This landscape did not include irrigation, so we selected drought tolerant plants that require little maintenance, such as lavender, California lilac, and salvia.

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Elias and Juan sealing the stamped and colored concrete

Vern’s organic topsoil was brought in and spread before hydroseed was applied.  In the photo below, grass had just begun to sprout!

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Old World Compass Stamp

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Decorative Concrete Patio

We completed this decorative stamped and colored concrete patio for repeat customers in Poulsbo.  Though they had the final approval on the colors we used, we had a fun time selecting the color combinations for the ‘Roman Slate’ stamped body and ‘Random Stone’ stamped border.  A fan on Facebook remarked: “It looks like a piece of art!”  Not to toot our own horn or anything, but we have to admit, we agree.

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Elias uses a bull float to finish the concrete before it’s stamped.

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The stamped concrete patio is being washed to prepare for the application of color.

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Andres puts the final touches of color on the patio.

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