Harmonious Outdoor Living

Homeowners Karen and Tony Cacich enthusiastically entered the design phase with hand-sketched notes and lovely inspirational pictures of their vision for an idyllic backyard landscape. The JMA Design Team was beyond thrilled to collaborate with clients who were so invested in the process.

Multiple design charettes allowed the team to focus on layout, circulation, and to identify any site or municipal code issues. The lower patio was originally too small for even two people and was now expanded to include a masonry seatwall and wood-burning firepit that could accommodate up to six people. The series of awkwardly tiered decks needed to be smaller and more versatile for both entertaining and dining.

As the conceptual design phase was progressing, it was decided the existing crabapple tree should remain. Despite the age, it was still a prolific bloomer and a treasured element with a canopy that provided a wonderful overhead component for the spaces. Once the design elements were agreed upon, the detailing began by using 3D software to ensure the clients had a clear idea of what to expect and could enter the construction phase with complete confidence.

The clients so appreciated the attention to detail and careful execution by the carpenters and landscape crew. They were up for the challenge created by the pie shaped lot and understood all materials, including the deck lumber and masonry stone, had to be brought in by hand. From concepts to final designs to a beautifully executed backyard, the homeowners are overjoyed to be entertaining outside more than they ever have before!