A pea gravel surface outlines this outdoor living area while a pergola offers visual interest and a support system for growing muscadine grapevines, which will eventually create three living walls. “You’ll have a view of water, but all that plant matter will make this area cooler and more shaded, ” says project manager Dylan Eastman.
Classic and in keeping with coastal North Carolina design, acacia wood Adirondack chairs carve out a conversation area. Rather than paint the chairs, pillows and flowering plants provide needed pops of color.
The pergola was constructed 8 feet to the left of the property’s original muscadine grape-covered arbor so as not to block water views on approach from the driveway.
The reconstructed dock is topped with kiln-dried Southern pine, which has been sealed with an ultraviolet-light-blocking stain.
Cedar corner posts are treated with Eco Wood, a stain that protects wood while lending a slightly silver patina that complements vintage wood beams.
Muscadine cultivars include Carlos and Tara bronze grapes and Noble, Nesbitt and Supreme black grapes.
Wire trellises run the length of posts to support grape-vines as they grow up and over the pergola.
Sand-filled pits invite guests to play a game or two of horseshoe before the sun sets.
Old pine wood, sourced from an historic home in Beaufort being torn down and rebuilt, is fashioned into rustic pergola beams. “That wood was saved from the landfill for very little money, ” says project manager Dylan Eastman.
Trailing petunias, nestled amidst neutral wood finishes, lend a needed pop of color.
Grapevines will go up and out, creating a shaded structure supported by three living walls.
Posts reclaimed from the grape arbor frame water views and welcome visitors into the outdoor space.
Every effort was made to preserve existing vegetation, including yellow and cedar pine trees, plus pepper vine that grows along the property boundaries.
Solar steppingstones, fashioned from epoxy-joined river rock and glow-in-the-dark pebbles, brighten the pathway to the dock on clear summer nights.
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