Tomorrow is the unveiling of the patio (please come back!), so I wanted to take another look at my journey so far and share some of the things I learned along the way about building a patio. One of the best (and worst) things about this job is the constant learning. There are so many different teams here that help with both design and execution, so I work very well with them. In fact, especially on this project, there could have been a “too many cooks” situation if everyone didn’t work well together (I love buffets). Here’s how it went (you might need to take notes): Yarzen They contacted me about affiliating with areas around the house, especially this patio area, and I was so excited to see what they came up with and hit it off. wonderful!Just before that, from Cali studio campo She was undertaking the design of the entire mansion and our vision was very aligned, so of course she needed a little bit of involvement here as well for consistency.I still needed a landscaper, so I hired him. native northwest to carry out the plan. It’s also a design-build company, and Studio Campo is based in both Colorado and Oregon, so we had to rely on them to change the design. Finally, of course, arch form At the time, we were doing renovation work on the house, including exterior finishes, so it wouldn’t necessarily affect the landscape, but there were some elements that intersected: stairs, hardscape, covered walkways, and lighting. rice field. It wasn’t as confusing as I thought it would be, but maybe a little more streamlined would have worked for my brain (laughs). So it’s a bit difficult to talk about the credits here because it’s very much a team effort and very nuanced. Oh, and since I’m also a designer, I made some changes at the end. Hahahaha. By the way, I absolutely admit that I may not have been the best client this year. it is what it is. So let’s go…
Changes to Covered Sidewalks
We liked this covered walkway when we bought the house, but the kitchen from the inside was designed with so many windows that the covered walkway was actually one of the windows. was hit on the way. I don’t think the sidewalk was calculated. interior The altitude is also high, and we didn’t live here. So after installing the windows, I came home and was like this. oh guys. After months of trying to figure out how to fix it (it was rotten anyway), I finally came to the conclusion that half the kitchen would be better off, even if the door lines up with the passageway. bottom. didn’t), we would have been staring at the roof line from the kitchen window. But the lack of covered sidewalks in Oregon is a bad idea. At this point, the roof of our house was already finished, so we couldn’t even add an overhang to the stair landing without stripping off part of the roof and reframing it. Also, the windows in the kitchen are so tall that I didn’t have room to install them. You can also add brackets to create overhangs and shades. Believe me, we’ve considered all options. Wouldn’t it be nice if the kitchen door had a three-foot overhang so the kids could take off their shoes before they came in? But let’s be honest, it doesn’t bother us much more than we thought.
The end of the walkway is a bit abrupt, so I masked it with a mature cherry tree like “Look, look, look at me,” and finally added rain chains (my new favorite architectural piece of jewelry) to Let that awkwardness shine through. Jamie (ARCIFORM) cut it out and made it as robust and seamless as possible, but for a while no one knew who was responsible for designing and fixing it, literally supporting everyone’s plans . I’ve learned that this happens a lot more often than you think, and that’s okay 🙂
Stick to the layout of the bricks, change at the end
Yardzen came up with a cool brick design layout at my request, but when the bricks finally arrived on site, I hurriedly opted for the classic herringbone. There were some really pretty designs, but it was a lot of waste (and it took a lot of work), so I thought, ‘I’ll never regret the border herringbone, so go for it.’ But this is after he procured around 55 old bricks of various sizes and experimented with around 90 different pattern configurations. Sometimes the classics win, but it’s “great” to practice obsessively to make sure you’ve exhausted all the more interesting stuff, prioritizing never regretting it (Brian says , would you say this is my real specialty – don’t forget the solarium) floors? ). In the end, he ended up using old he 4×8 bricks, which you would normally stack vertically (imagine a wall or a fireplace). But it has a hole in the side and I wanted to put it skinny side up (i.e. 2 inches) for the look of it, so I’m very happy, but to get 4 inches of space I’d have to dig further down and of course , needed more materials. We understood this and we are very happy with what we chose, even if it cost more.
All in all, I think the bricks cost $7,000 (including the long sidewalks) and the labor cost was around $10,000 (a big job to pull it all together). Again, Native Northwest did a great job. Kudos to Danl, Scotty and their staff for their razor-sharp precision (which is very important for hardscapes).
Determination of cement stairs
An even more boring aspect is the cement stairs. Listen, I wanted a more interesting staircase. Hooray. I wanted a brick or something, special. But it ended up costing four sets of stairs a total of $10,000 ($2,500 each) to pour the cement. Everyone said this was by far the cheapest option. At that point we were done with our money. But this felt like a sad way to spend $10,000 on something he wasn’t even excited about design-wise, and he could have come up with a solution if he had more time. I still think. But folks, you need stairs to get into your house. And we designed this house for him to have 5 exits. One is a wooden porch in the back, but his other four are cement. It’s practically impossible to make one brick when the other brick is cement (I fought for it). In the end, I said yes to Boring Cement and paid for it, they came and made the mold and it was done in 2 days (which was great). This is still not my least favorite architectural feature, but his ARCIFORM team was right in pointing out that when everything else is finished and looks beautiful, the staircase is completely imperceptible and disappears. We’ll find out tomorrow 🙂 (but sometimes you want to cover it with old brick veneer?? yes).
Our siding selection
Siding was probably the easiest decision ever. Because ARCIFORM had a very clear overall vision. In other words, it should look like the original 1910 house. thank them. They stopped me when I was screaming about corrugated bellybands and shark tooth details. When we bought the house it had 3 inch aluminum siding painted white, but underneath was the original wood siding (in poor condition of course – she’s old) and basically on top of that What I put back together was 5 inch lap siding. Good for you, you did it! I really like the results.we drew it SW 7005 Pure White by Sherwin–Williams It may have been one of the best days of my life. Transform instantly! Hope before our eyes.
Our candelabra hoopsy/switch
The whole house has a great farmhouse which is very classic. carson’s candelabra (From “Rejuvenation”) Like Martha Stewart on the cover of Sports Illustrated, in the prettiest copper gooseneck ever patina. wonderful. Check that box. But Brian and I were obsessed with big windows (maybe we overdid it), so there wasn’t enough outside space to open the door without hitting the shade. So I replaced the sconce with a small sconce that worked perfectly (but admittedly not as uniform as I’d like it to be) as you’ll see tomorrow. There’s a lot of black metal around the house, but everything else is so beautiful that you literally don’t notice it. At this point, I feel like I’m resilient to design mistakes. Oops, pivot, try again, tell the world and get it right. It’s a cycle I’m used to.
What are gutters, storm drains, and drywells?
Another super fun way to spend $5,000 is in gutters. We went back and forth about white and copper for a few months, but eventually decided that there might actually be too much copper in this white house (personal opinion, dark Color houses look better). So we listened to ARCIFORM and just got white metal (not plastic). They are very important here, you see. But it doesn’t stop there. Yes, a gutter was installed, but the downspout went directly into this kitchen patio (and foundation). Native Northwest immediately called and offered to install a storm drain. This isn’t needed in California, but it’s really needed in Oregon. Water is latent. We’re not going to mess with floods, mold, foundation problems, etc. So they installed a storm drain, which led to a dry well deposited in the middle of the lawn (admittedly I’m not entirely sure what that means, but even on days when it doesn’t stop raining water No problem, I really appreciate the Danl staff.)
Rain chain (cute and practical?)
Good news that might infuriate some of you. I’m not a gutter purist (??), but I don’t like having unnecessarily architectural stuff in my house (wait, that’s not what we do as creatives, is it? huh???). However, the gutter was designed so that the downspout was at the corner of the kitchen terrace, not at the edge of the house where the rain chain ran. No need for both downspouts and rain chains. A rain chain is a downspout. So instead of completely redoing the downspouts and gutters, I installed rain chains to make it look like it would (obviously) work, but it doesn’t. No one knows but you. I didn’t even tell ARCIFORM, so uhm… and he plans to hang 3 more (two are actually on the covered sidewalks that act as downspouts). It’s so beautiful and special that I want to display it everywhere.
Making stumps for irrigation (why what is born is so important)
Another thing I didn’t know much about is how important it is to water the underside of the patio and water the planters with drip lines. This wasn’t my idea and I’m so happy it came to fruition. I haven’t attached it to the pot yet, but will soon (remembered I have to go water the plants).
It must have been expensive, stressful, and tedious work, but I am so grateful that we got it done in the end. Come back for big announcements and beautiful photos! xx