Project Description

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Rear Yard

This lovely Tudor with a façade of an unusual blend of natural stone is within view of Lake Michigan in Glencoe.

The existing limestone patio was small, rough and uneven, and a clumsy step down from our clients’ family room and kitchen. Our client’s objective was to create a large, raised terrace, level with the interior of the house, in scale with and using natural materials befitting the setting of the property.

The new multi-level terrace steps down into a fire pit area with bluestone chip gravel. The gas-fired circular fire pit mimics the Gothic motif of the railing on the second story and breaks up the rigid geometry of the terrace. This has been one of the most popular areas, and it, in addition to under-coping low voltage lighting, extends the use of this space.

Other features of this project include a built-in grill with a honed Atlantic Blue granite counter and elegant, curved steps that lead out to the lawn, creating a beeline from the major exit from the house to the children’s play set.

The veneer cladding on the new walls, columns, firepit built-in grill and step risers complement the stone on the house. Natural full range bluestone in an Ashlar pattern on the patio is repeated on the stair treads and coping and creates a nice contrast to the limestone.

New patio furniture completed the elegant transformation.