Started work on this today.
City living has been different and fun, but it also has some drawbacks. It’s nice to have the ability to walk out of the front door to have dinner at any one of 100 places, to get a haircut a block away or to just walk around and take in the activity on the street, but sometimes you just want to sit in the yard and be alone after the hustle and bustle of the neighborhood outside your door.
My townhouse, like any other, is connected to the neighbors next door and also to others above. For the area we’re located in Brooklyn, we have a fairly large yard. Two years ago I did the yard completely over, including building raised planter beds, and I hate to say it, but I also installed artificial turf. I did this primarily for Willie, our German Shepherd, as he pretty much destroyed the grass and left nothing but bare spots that became mud when it rained. Now he can be in the yard without trashing it and it looks good year round, rain or shine. So it was a worthwhile investment. He can come and go from the yard without tracking mud and dirt into the house.
I love sitting in the yard, but sometimes I feel as if we’re in a fishbowl, sitting at the table. When renovating the building, in lieu of the existing fire escape, I built terraces and added a fire sprinkler system. However, because of the terraces, I feel we could use a bit more privacy from above. The trellis should provide that privacy for the upper patio.
The trellis/pergola will go on the other side of the patio in front of the railing.
The terraces above.
The plan is to fabricate and finish all of the components in the shop and then assemble it on site.
Here’s some of the yard work I did myself, two years ago. Yeah everything must go through the house :( Building the raised planter beds saved me from having to remove the soil that was excavated to provide a base and drainage for the artificial turf, thru the house. The only part of the process I didn’t do was to lay the artificial turf down.
-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)