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Connectivity reigns
Landscaping project caters to both parents and children satisfying all interests

Photos by Doug Edmunds

April 2016

The soaring canopy of the custom cedar pergola makes an eye-catching statement in this Menomonee Falls backyard.

When a Menomonee Falls family enlisted David J. Frank Landscape Contracting Inc. to make over their existing backyard patio, they had one goal ó to create a place where they could come together as a family.

"The parents and kids each wanted their own spaces, but still wanted to be able to interact with each other," explains landscape architect Allan Schraufnagel.

The result is an outdoor living space with four distinct zones that seamlessly connect.

Natural blue stone countertops in the outdoor kitchen are ideal for meal prep.

Under the soaring canopy of a custom pergola is an outdoor kitchen, where Dad can flex his grillmaster talents. The commercial-grade grill is built into a stone base topped with slabs of natural blue stone.

A distinctive shade structure constructed from rough-cut cedar that extends off the outdoor kitchen screens a casual seating area, where family and friends come together around a natural gas fire pit. A double swing that hangs from the pergola is perfect for lazy Sunday mornings and doubles as the best seat in the house when the big screen goes up for family movie night.

A distinctive shade structure constructed from rough-cut cedar screens a casual seating area, complete with a natural gas fire pit, double swing and wicker rockers.

The original patio space, flanked with flower beds, has been transformed into an elegant dining space ideal for entertaining.

Incorporating the new patio space into the existing landscape was the biggest challenge, says Schraufnagel. The homeowners also requested that certain views from inside the home not be blocked by the new patio structures.

"We didnít want it to feel like it was an afterthought," he says.

Schraufnagel incorporated the same clay pavers in the patio addition and matched the veneer on the outdoor countertops to the homeís exterior veneer for an outdoor living space that feels like a natural extension of the home. M



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