This dining pavilion makes great use of a side yard — acting also as the main entry to the home — and linking the side yard to the backyard. The artful design provides a sense of enclosure as well as actual privacy from close neighbors and from the street.
The dining table connects to the raised pond. The custom pergola provides a sense of enclosure and actual privacy from a close neighbor. The privacy fence separates the relaxing space from the view of passersby. A niche — barely seen on the right — keeps the grill close-at-hand but out of the way.
The pond and fountain integrate the side yard dining pavilion with the back yard. The space is composed of a mix of materials at precise angles and intersections.
Corten Steel, acid stained concrete, irregular flagstone, and beige wall stone provide a natural palette that complements the powder-coated and painted steel in natural shades. One corner of the pond is sheathed in Corten steel as is a portion of the retaining wall that supports the back patio. The material intersections were tightly designed including blending natural boulders into pour concrete.
Custom Patio Furniture was designed for this installation. The furnitures accommodates various sitting postures and orientations. The same curved legs were used for the patio furniture and for the dining table.
The fountain is powder-coated and Corten Steel. The purple-leaf sand cherry (Prunus × cistena) and iris versicolor provide a counterpoint to the steel.
The pond and fountain are situated so the owner can view the daily wildlife parade from her favorite inside space. The view is compelling at all times of the year.