PLAN #1040-97


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PLAN #1040-97

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Plan Description

This design demonstrates that it is entirely possible to have your shade trees and your garden, too. Existing mature trees that cast a lot of shade need not deter you from having a beautiful flower-filled yard, as long as the trees aren't shallow-rooted. The trick lies in eliminating the lawn, which struggles in low light, and replacing it with hardscape and shade-tolerant plantings. The designer chooses flowering shrubs that thrive in the shade to give the space year-round structure and color, and then fills in with an assortment of shade-loving flowers and ferns. Every inch of this shady yard is designed for beauty and outdoor living. An irregularly shaped walk and patio mirroring the lines of the house lead to an octagonal seating area ideal for dining, chatting or playing games. For a more private retreat, you can follow the stepping stones to the gazebo. For a closer look at the flowers, you can stroll along the circular path from the seating area. A thick mulch covers the garden floor--an essential work-saving feature--since mulch discourages weeds and keeps the soil moist. Although a lot of plants are specified in the design, most are undemanding. An informal effect is the goal, so compulsive tidying is not necessary to keep the landscape looking good. The only regular maintenance you'll need to perform is to water weekly during rainless summer weather and to sweep the patio and walk occasionally. Autumn and late winter chores include a weekend spent raking leaves and cutting back the dead tops of the perennials. Mature shade trees need not be a deterrent to a flower-filled backyard. This shady landscape is built around four existing mature shade trees, but can be easily adjusted for a different number of trees or trees in different locations.

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What's Included In This Plan Set

All plans are drawn at ¼” scale or larger and include :

  • Foundation Plan: Drawn to 1/4" scale, this page shows all necessary notations and dimensions including support columns, walls and excavated and unexcavated areas.
  • Exterior Elevations: A blueprint picture of all four sides showing exterior materials and measurements.
  • Floor Plan(s): Detailed plans, drawn to 1/4" scale for each level showing room dimensions, wall partitions, windows, etc. as well as the location of electrical outlets and switches.
  • Cross Section: A vertical cutaway view of the house from roof to foundation showing details of framing, construction, flooring and roofing.
  • Interior Elevations: Detailed drawings of kitchen cabinet elevations and other elements as required.
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Plan Set
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Additional Construction Sets :
Additional hard copies of the plan (can be ordered at the time of purchase and within 90 days of the purchase date).
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