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The side yard of this home provides the perfect opportunity to turn a nondescript space into a well-used piece of the outdoors. Before the addition of a classic patio and fence, just a 10-foot-wide strip separated the couple's home from the neighbor's driveway. Today, that space is filled with a breakfast nook, pond, and fountain.
Landscape architect James Furr's plans turned the stretch into a classically themed courtyard. To enclose the space, a 7-foot-high fence lines the neighbor's driveway, while a brick wall faces the front yard. At the rear of the courtyard, latticework and a gate open to the backyard. Two sets of French doors--one in the breakfast nook and the other in the dining room--were added to the side of the house.
The homeowners added a pond and fountain to their outdoor room. The fountain acts as a beautiful focal point and also provides soothing sounds for lazy afternoons.
Raised flowerbeds add seating and relieve the monotony of the long, narrow space.
Blooming vines trail latticework behind each semicircular raised bed. The arch on the brick wall mimics the shape of the beds and gives the outdoor space a sense of continuity.
Large, light-color Spanish flagstone is laid in an irregular pattern. Its mortared surface eliminates the need for weeding, so cleaning is a snap with a broom or hose.
Black metal artwork adds a focal point and breaks up the courtyard wall's expanse. Instead of an overhead arbor, sun-loving clematis and honeysuckle climb trellises. Colorful blooms fill the bed and additional pots.