Seeing a Bigger Picture

by Bruce Zaretsky,

Even these days, when new houses tend to be overly large and their lots tend to be quite small, it's rare to encounter a situation in which there's nothing in a backyard other than a basic patio. Indeed, there's almost always something more to do in designing a backyard — and on many happy occasions, there's actually a good deal to be done in integrating spaces beyond the patio into an overall design.

In our business, the areas beyond the patio are quite often the exclusive province of landscape materials – trees, planting beds and lawns, along with associated pathways, lighting arrays and the occasional sculpture. Our approach to these greener spaces will take another series of articles to address; here, let's stick with built structures and focus on