Lifeless Courtyard Gets a Fresh Start

Expecting to start a project working on a staircase, landscape designer James Bertrand saw an outdoor space he just had to rescue.

Dreary Before

Before the redesign, this courtyard was under utilized and lacking in style, featuring only old plants and broken concrete.

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New and Improved View

New plants that surround a brand-new bluestone patio instantly give this courtyard a more fresh and uplifting feel. Since it can be seen from most rooms of the home, a show-stopping display was definitely a must.

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Courtyard for Entertaining

Now featuring plenty of comfortable outdoor seating, this outdoor space (which was once only used to house a basic table and grill) is now the heart of the home and a great place for entertaining.

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Walking on Water

"The floating bluestone step stones for the water give a picture of walking on water, though they’re held up underneath," explains landscape designer James Bertrand. "They offer a big 'wow' factor."

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Day and Night

A tree growing in the center of the courtyard offers plenty of shade,while charming lanterns along the path ensure visibility at night, making outdoor dining a pleasant experience any time of day or night.

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