Oakland Township Michigan Featured Landscape Project
FEATURED LANDSCAPE PROJECT: OAKLAND TOWNSHIP, MI
Featured Elements: Multi Level Brick Paver Patio, Masonry Retaining Walls, Brick Paver Walkways, Brick Paver Driveway, Brick Paver Steps, Inground Pool / Poolscape Area, Outdoor Fire Feature, Gazebo, Outdoor Cooking Area, Natural Stone, Tree & Shrub Plantings
The key challenge of this project was to create several points of access to an expansive, multilevel backyard. The homeowners were apprehensive about the failing retaining wall that was holding their patio up – a result of poor original workmanship. A new 10-foot tiered retaining wall was incorporated into this design to offer robust soil retention and the appropriate change of grade. At the top level of the patio, a spacious area for outdoor dining, entertaining, and relaxing joins the house at the kitchen entry. The built-in grill and bar space frames the space and offers dependable amenities for any occasion. For both decoration and safety, this area is enclosed by custom wrought iron fencing that leads to a brick staircase and lower basement level. Between these two areas, further from the house, brick and limestone steps break up the slope of the property to connect to a custom circular fire pit area. This gas fire pit is filled with dark crushed glass that contrasts beautifully with bright flames.
One excellent feature of this project is the incorporation of a diverse array of stone and brick types. Adjacent to the brick retaining wall is a boulder wall that encircles several planting areas to create a more natural appearance. Natural limestone steps offer access directly to the expansive grounds that surround the home. Overall, each different area of the yard is as distinctive aesthetically as it is functionally. The homeowner’s statuettes were relocated and set amongst abundant arrays of hydrangea, boxwood, and roses. The home is enhanced even more by the soft illumination of low voltage accent lighting. Ranging from structured to playful, formal to whimsical, this landscape is truly a special example of our work at Antonelli Landscape.