We may be able to steal a little shade from the neighbors’ trees, but we’ve got none of our own due to Hurricane Ike a few years back. It’s pretty sad to see the stumps of giant oaks on the property, but I guess it’s better that they fell then than now. We will plant new trees, and even splurge on some partially-grown ones, but it’s going to be awhile before they really shade our area. In the meantime, we might as well embrace the full sun for a patio, like below:
image from Atomic Ranch
Above is an original patio on a mid-century home. I love the squares of concrete, the built-in bench, and the courtyard feel. The picture below feels like the modern equivalent.
both images above from Dwell…still cleaning out my old issues.
The steel-terraced yard above is so cool (we’re attracted to all that is rusty and industrial!). The place below is making nice use of a small, sunny backyard, and a tarp for a bit of shade up on the deck.
image from Living Green In Style book