the help of local landscape and architectural experts who know their way
around creating seamless transitions.
Still, it was no
small task for Mike Bohlen, president of The Secret Garden in Mequon,
and Whitefish Bay-based Meg Baniukiewicz, whose design team also
completed a kitchen addition as well as other interior improvements.
The result is a
multilevel patio that provides a natural flow from the new kitchen to an
outdoor grill and seating area and down to another patio — perfect for
relaxing in front of a full-size fireplace and flat-screen TV.
had a design they liked, so we used that as our base," Bohlen says.
"They wanted everything to flow from kitchen to both outdoor
levels. There were a lot of details."
With those details
as a guide, the new patio landscape took shape. The upper patio is
encased in a balustrade with nuances that mimic the home’s 1920s
history and architecture, created from reconstituted limestone added to
cement and other additives. Clay pavers with a limestone inlay
"carpet" surface both patios, and with a heat system under the
surface, they easily melt snow and ice.
fireplace centered on a pergola provides an outdoor family room.
The TV fits nicely into a niche that closes with custom wood
requires the pergola and fireplace be attached to the home. The
flat-screen TV got its own details, including a cover and a shutter for
its niche above the fireplace.
With all that in
place, Bohlen says greens and colorful plantings lining the balustrade
and carefully placed throughout the rest of the compact yard were
relatively minimalistic, with boxwoods mixing with hydrangeas, hostas
and dragon wing begonias. Additional color is placed in strategically
really wanted that natural outdoor extension from the kitchen,"
Baniukiewicz says. "It worked out very well." M