Best Spot for a Morning Cup of Coffee or Mojito

Thanks to a reader for sending in this great beauty:

“This is the newly rehabbed back patio of a Shaw house I’ve lived in since 1998.”

And this would also make for a great ‘judging backs of rowhouses’, sweet:

After the jump see before photos!

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  • Anyone know the source of the windows? and who the landscape/gardener is?

  • all the windows are Eagle windows, and i cant even tell you how happy i am with them. i worked together with an architect to do the renovation design, and a seperate architect to help me source materials. i did the patio design myself… and truth be told, i have no idea what im doing. the japanese maple (my mom tells me it’s a variety called a Ming), the concord grape vine, and the Birch (i think) tree were all there when i bought the house in 1998.

  • Hey POP, the top photo is sideways!

    Brian, this is beautiful. I have a silly question. Is the back unfinished? It looks like panels of drywall or concrete boards…. or is that how its suppose to look? If so, what material is that?

  • How do you get out to your patio? I have a townhouse in shaw and my door is where your windows are.

  • I hope those are permeable pavers, since you’ve hardscaped the entire lot.

  • the exit is from the left. you can see the small stepdown in the breezeway. i felt like if my door was placed where the windows are currently, it would have cut that space out as useable space. with the door on the side like this, i can now still put a dining table right in front of the series of windows and still have an exit. you cant see the door (also made by Eagle) in this photo, but it’s huge, glass, and has a retractable screen. the root idea was a garage rolldoor, but i scrapped it since DC is a swamp and full of mosquitoes. i felt like with all these windows open, id get the next best thing, but be able to keep bugs out..

    as for the finishing material, it is a rainscreen system which i hear is used a lot in scandinavia, and seems to be catching on a bit in the pacific northwest. consists of Wrapshield (lets moisture out but not in), Vaprotape, furring strips, Hardi Panel ( these panels are finished as you see and not meant to be covered or painted. i was skeptical of it at first, but after reading up, deciding to use it, and completion, am very happy with it.

  • What plant/tree/shrub is that climbing up the post? I would like to plant something like this in the back of my place.

    • it’s a very old grape vine. has leaves all spring/summer, fruit in late summer (thank god for some reason the rats dont like it), and looks like a dead stick all winter. i love it.

  • Prince Of Petworth

    Just added before photos!

  • That was a sweet little patio before, but now it looks amazing. Thumbs up!

  • That rope light in the first pic makes the patio look like its on fire.

  • looks great. which architects did you use? would you recommend them?

  • It sure didn’t look like that when I lived there! Nice job [email protected]!

  • Congrats to Brian, the patio looks amazing.

    I was the design architect for the addition/renovation and enjoyed working with Brian to transform an aging addition into one that better suited his needs as well as addressed the new character of the neighborhood.

    We were excited that Brian was open to implementing the rainscreen, as we felt that it offers both exceptional performance as well as a refined urban aesthetic.

    Again, much credit to Brian for his vision and commitment to seeing that the design intent was carried out.

  • Looks great. I’m very interesting in exactly that cladding for the rear of my house, as an alternative to normal siding (or expensive repointing). Where would I find it, and what’s the rough cost compared to siding for example? Pricey, medium, cheapish?

  • You’ve worked so hard and it looks beautiful. I was thinking when there a few months ago how both clean and inviting your back yard is. Congrats:)

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