My favorite feature is the built-in corner bench. I like how effective it is in creating seating without taking up any space on the patio. It is centered on the retaining wall so part of the seat and backrest are slightly cantilevered into the garden bed behind it. – David Andersen


The main goal for this backyard space was to create a variety of different zones to accommodate various activities. This included a lounging area, a dining area and a play area for their children. David Andersen, Insideout Design & Build 


The previous paving against the house was causing drainage problems. We solved this issue by installing a gravel layer underneath the deck and the patio We used a permeable bedding mortar and grout system (Romex) for the patio which allows water to flow right though into the gravel layer. This helps to control stormwater at the source (i.e. on the property) rather than having runoff into city sewer systems. We also installed gravel behind the retaining walls and under the concrete footings so the drainage essentially all connects to the main gravel layer below the deck and patio.

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