SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL
Barry Du Bois thinks creatively to turn a tiny courtyard into inviting and useful zones.
A tiny barren courtyard gets new life with a creative makeover by Barry Du Bois.
THE INNER CITY TOWNHOUSE of newlywed homeowners Kylie and
Sean included a repurposed car space that had been converted into a small and bare courtyard. It was where their “beautiful, delinquent and adolescent canine” lived, in her kennel and on a small piece of artificial turf. The keen renovators were desperate to improve the backyard and make a space they – and Mia – could enjoy, but they weren’t sure how to tackle the awkward slope and shape of the space.
Barry’s plan to make the yard seem larger involved eliminating the slope to create different levels and zones with three “destinations”. First, the pavers were ripped up and retaining walls constructed. A new area for the kennel and artificial turf mat was created so Mia can see her owners in the house. A deck was built at the rear of the courtyard, and an awning constructed over the back doors so they can be opened without rain coming in. Finally, Barry added 20% soft ground to the courtyard with a combination of pavers and mondo grass, which will help to cool it down – and please the pooch!
The finishing touches make the zones distinct: metal screens separate the outdoor lounge “room” from the firepit zone – featuring stools made out of tree stumps – while the colourful vertical gardens frame the deck, which includes a handy timber storage box. Kylie and Sean are amazed by Barry’s makeover and, along with Mia, are keen to enjoy this now special place.