The other two outdoor rooms grew up around entries. The back-door area with its fieldstone patio and wooden benches was created by changing the grade of a slope, which came right down to the back door, and adding a retaining wall. This area is filled with shrubs, perennials, and many potted plants.
The other outdoor sitting area is outside my office, which opens onto a small bluestone patio bordered by a stone wall and a boxwood hedge that loop around a wrought-iron bench. This garden room is tucked away, so it feels private and sheltered, even though it’s right outside the busiest room in the house. This area is also a function of grade. Terraced beds lead up to the main entrance to the house.
Outside the dining room, wooden benches sit amid an embrace of foliage.
Photo/Illustration: Matthew Benson The bluestone patio anchors the space, just outside of the office, while stone-walled terraces lead up to the main entrance.
Photo/Illustration: Matthew Benson