Big Easy in Highland Park
Or How to Fit New Orleans in Your Back Yard
Landscape designer Matt Burton packed a lot of landscaping in a very small urban St. Paul back yard. In just 800 square feet, he created outdoor spaces for a gas-burning fireplace, a water feature, and a private patio/seating area…all surrounded by a cedar privacy fence and done with a New Orleans flair.
The ‘before’ pictures are enough to make you cringe. No entertaining space. No reason to be in the yard. The garden bench was not a destination point. It was merely an accessory making an attempt to make the back yard less boring.
The homeowners so love the New Orleans-style in outdoor rooms, they went to the Big Easy to order custom-made gas light fixtures. One of those fixtures is on the front face of the fireplace. Note the fleur-de-lis wrought iron atop the side gate. The water feature sits up against the fence; right next to the tucked-away seating area so the homeowners have the sound of water close by.
Where the garden bench was sitting, there is now a gorgeous clay brick, gas-burning fireplace.
That’s the water feature down at the end….and the seating ‘nook’ is to the right.
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