My client felt like she couldn’t use her back yard. It felt exposed to the neighbors and with the invasion of Asian tiger mosquitoes, was uncomfortable for even a few minutes. The solution was three-fold:
- A custom cedar pergola with 2 wet-rated ceiling fans to keep the mosquitoes under control,
- A custom cedar lattice screen around the parking area, and
- An extensive tapestry of trees, shrubs, perennials, and shade-tolerant grasses.
Look at the picture above and immediately below. Notice how much larger the yard looks. Many people mistakenly think that a broad expanse of lawn makes a small yard look larger. But just the opposite is true. By adding the texture and structure of a full garden, the eye takes much more time to travel through the space.
Seven over-story trees were added the first year along with a few broadleaf evergreens. These form the backbone of the garden and shield the sitting area from the eyes of the neighborhood and, increasingly, from harsh sunlight. The second year we added deciduous shrubs, perennials, and grasses.
The fans are, of course, wet-rated. The rafters were spaced so that the electrical box would tuck out of sight. The fans need to be set on high to keep away the mosquitoes. In Washington, DC’s humid summers the air-flow keeps guests cool as well as the mosquitoes at bay.