Client Need

After several years of living with a poorly designed patio, the Elario family knew what they wanted and called us to recreate their backyard. The new patio would need to function well during family and friend gatherings.

Inspiration

The client requested three specific patio areas for grilling, relaxation and entertainment. I was sensitive to the architecture of the home, utilizing straight lines and 45-degree angles in the new design.

Favorite Element

For sure the fire table, which was the client’s idea! It was constructed at bar height for comfortable seating or standing and has a four-foot-long gas burner down the middle. The countertop is a natural stone called Fossil Spire, which is fossilized mud with white fossils embedded within it. It adds a nice “pop” against the dark gray accents and is quite unique, especially once sanded and polished. The Unilock fireplace was also a great fit for this project as it served several purposes of providing a gathering space, screening views from the neighbor and allowing the clients to have a natural fire with the smoke directed up and away from them.

Biggest Challenge

This project had two challenges. The first was the client had a hard deadline for the completion of the project as they were hosting their son’s high school graduation party and required the patio space. The second challenge was the elevations in the backyard and how flat it was as we needed to assure proper drainage off the patio and away from the house. Thanks to the hard work of the crew, we met the deadline for the party and everything drains as it should.

Fond Memory

The clients were thrilled with the end result and expressed how excited they were to host their son’s graduation party and future gathers…especially around the fire table.

Valuable Participants

Brian Romagnoli, Adam Tesch, Franklin J. Ryan Jr., Jason Baerber, Jesse Baerber, Gary McCarthy, Thomas Nelson, BJ Beckmann and Brandon Hafemeister