I’ve been commissioned to design an outdoor entertaining area for one of the oldest farmhouses around that will also incorporate a new barn/woodshop. We are at the very beginning of a complex project, so I thought I’d share that part of the process. After meeting with the homeowners I made an Ideabook to help them visualize the project.
My client, who is a passionate and active gardener with a talented woodworking partner, also wants a family entertaining area, easy access to her garden shed and details like stone walls and a possible meadow beyond for grandchildren to explore and play in.
The first step is to create the placement of a new 16 x 20 barn that will replace and enlarge the old one that was destroyed by a tree falling on it during Hurricane Sandy. The current garden areas are a patchwork of projects that haven’t had a master plan as you can see from the basemap above. Existing elements have been connected out of necessity without much thought to the overall scheme of things.
Concept number one creates an outdoor courtyard that has easy access to ground level doors and blocks a view of a subdivision on the street beyond. It separates the garden shed from the barn and also incorporates a bosc which is a design element I’ve always wanted to try. Both designs have fire features which will allow the new area’s use to be extended into colder weather on both ends of the season.
Concept number two requires less work and renovation and keeps the existing wonky brick walk in place. It also keeps the work areas ie. the barn and shed together creating a casual barnyard effect.
Usually, I post color plans, but this is the work that goes on way before I get to that point. These are where the designs begin–with concepts fleshed out to see if they work spatially and to think about how people will move through a space and use it before a single plant is envisioned. The concept that we decide on will be refined further after the and are budgets set, materials for hardscape are chosen and then, at the end, the planting plan will be developed.