After securing the necessary zoning variance for more density, and the Historic Commission’s permission to demolish a dilapidated detached garage, this small back yard was turned into a more urban outdoor room. Framed by the addition of a highly detailed screen porch and a new garage in the style of the main house, a gound-hugging wood/composite deck leaves only a landscaped strip in front of the existing wood fence.
The entrance from the driveway side of the house to the newly formed courtyard is through a diagonal breezeway connecting the porch and garage, looking down the deck’s herringbone pattern’s axis to a central specimen planting. Materials and details are consistent with the main house, including the exposed pattern-cut rafter tails. The screen panels have an overlaid 1x trim, for a more finished appearance.