Thursday, April 24, 2008

Take it outside!

Spring has arrived and it is time to expand our lives outdoors. Sadly, the hardscaping in our exterior spaces need some major work. Every time I step outside, the bottom of the door scrapes across the patio, not clearing the door jam. Even when I try to focus on the garden, all I can see are the pitted and sagging patio stones and gravel "zen" garden. I find it challenging to remain calm in my "zen" garden, when I can't even put a chair on that gravel. Our outdoor space is reduced to half the size because of the gravel. I cringe every time I take it outside.

My dream: unify the space by bricking the whole surface with a nice stone - all the way to the laneway. We could remove the back fence and build a carport with a transparent roof, doubling the backyard when the car is not there.

I went to an open house last summer and saw my dream carport. It shelters the car, when is it there, but keeps the space open and light. It is modern and zen, but doesn't make me clench my teeth. What a dream. Maybe one day....


Janet said...

Hi Lisa, I'm trying for much the same effect & have an even cruddier door than yours by the sounds of it! (It's barely hanging on.) Have you ever run across a good looking secure door that would match a 'zen' garden space?

Jeana Lee said...

We had a gorgeous 'minimalist' design security door installed last month with leaves & branches (we had it customized). We love it & even leave the screens open at night so we can enjoy the garden from inside too. The installer was Metalex