pea stone courtyard
I thought I would post about a recent project I did - that I am not super happy about. Its okay...just not exactly what it should be. I dont have pictures yet. I will post later in the week probably; but I can describe it pretty well.
We were working on a post and beam barn style house. The existing landscaping was extremely overgrown, but at one time it was nice. The fun part was ripping all the old overgrown shrubs out with the chain and the truck...thats always a good time.
The customer wanted a european farmhouse look (whatever that is) with a pea stone courtyard. Most of the design was given to me by the customer - hes an architect - so we were mainly installing his concept. I suggested some changes from a practicality stand point (such as leaving the existing walkway so one could shovel or snow blow in the winter). The courtyard was to have rocks around it and an urn in the center of it. Now the home has no shrubs or trees in front of it at all.
It ended up being a weird collaboration; I am not entirely happy with the results. Sometimes when a customer has ideas I am not completely on board with I end up being pleasantly surprised with the product, but that is not true in this case. I dont hate it, I am just not happy with it. The customer is happy, but wants to make a few changes. I dont think he realized how hard the landscaping would be as a result of all the stone, and perhaps I should have been firmer about that point. Faced with his strong opinions, I gave into a concept that I did not agree with.
I could elaborate more on the dynamics of the situation; but really its about the design and resulting landscape. Any thoughts?