This recent project was put together with Moderna Pavers of Jacksonville Beach and Creative Design Space of Jacksonville. Many items on the homeowner’s checklist were accommodated into this project; an entertainment area, a natural cedar pergola, a fire pit and sitting area, a raised brick paver patio, and most of all a complete outdoor kitchen.
The yard was mostly unusable with a sharp slope down to the river. The owner was constantly having erosion problems near the bulk head. A raised paver patio with retaining wall was able to combat the problem and turn it into a great space.
This project is near Julington Creek, on Cunningham Creek in Jacksonville. The goal was to create a backyard entertainment and relaxation area. A space to be able to host small get togethers with family and friends. The client wanted to make better use of the sloping backyard.
First the pergola was hand cut from rough cut custom cedar lumber. It was built and completely assembled on-site to the exact specifications. This particular pergola was build with very long pillars or legs so it could be anchored in the ground and be built into the pavers giving it maximum support and life span.
Clients can customize every aspect of the pergola including the position and size of the slats for the desired amount of shade, and the sun setting direction.
Cindy from Creative Design Space designed the pergola and patio to meet the needs and budget of the customer. “Being able to build the pergola on-site gives us a great advantage over the store bought kits that limit you to a particular height, length and width” says a Installer from CDS.
After the arbor was constructed, the retaining wall was built very precisely so the pergola would rise out of the pavers giving is a built in unified look. The retaining wall blocks act as a “riser” to flatten out the patio and adjust for the elevation change. A nice curve was built into the wall on the outer edge to add character.
The brick paver color Sand Dune was chosen because it harmonized well with the stacked stone of the kitchen and retaining wall, it also contrasted well with the cedar and granite counter tops. The 3 piece Olde Towne style paver is manufactured right here in Jacksonville. The layout pattern of the pavers is random, with lines going in both directions and the pavers constantly being rotated at 90 degrees.
The summer kitchen came in last and all the utilities for the kitchen were accommodated for with sleeving put in place to hide the gas, electric, and water lines. The kitchen rivals most indoor kitchens with several cook tops, food preparation areas, a refrigerator, and storage. Custom outdoor kitchens have been a specialty for Creative Design Space for many years here in Jacksonville.