Keep the best, get rid of the rest

Ipe deck pergola patio Upper Arlington ColumbusThese clients in Columbus’ Upper Arlington area have a distinctive Frank Lloyd Wright style home where they have lived for more than 30 years.  They’ve been wanting to upgrade the backyard for a while now, but had concerns about disrupting the Japanese maple trees and other established landscaping.  The existing deck and railroad tie landscaping walls needed to go, but the living garden was to be kept and protected.

Our solution was a three-fold plan.  First, keep large construction equipment to a minimum in order to protect the trees and plants.  Archadeck works regularly with the same crews of carpenters and patio installers so we were able to easily and effectively communicate with them the parameters of the job.  Secondly, we extended the clean, simple lines of the home into the design of the deck and landscaping so it is an extension of the main house.  Frank Lloyd Wright did the same thing in his famous home designs.  Ipe deck with bluestone patio Columbus OHFinally, we worked with materials that kept the yard looking very natural, also in keeping with the style of the home.

There were lots of moving parts to this project.  To begin, we removed everything from the deck to irrigation and drainage lines.  Then we installed an ipe wood deck with an angular, geometric design bounded by landscaping walls made of Oakfield cut drywall stone.  The total length of the deck perimeter and planting wall is about 127 linear feet.  Since the stones are cut and mortared, they also have clean visual lines.  Between the deck and house and around the planting bed we installed patio areas constructed of Pennsylvania thermal bluestone which nicely complements the cut stone of the wall.

Columbus Ipe deck and pergola Upper ArlingtonThe renewal of the backyard was a long time in coming so the family had to replace some of the systems that had to be removed in the demolition process.  We started with drainage, went on to irrigation and finished with landscape lighting to make the yard inviting at any time of day or night.  We topped the whole project with a cedar pergola that adds an extra dimension to the area and is also in keeping with the architectural cues from the house.

When all was over and done, nothing remained from the old yard but the trees.  Everything “works” in this yard.  From the design perspective, we integrated the style of the home into the style of the yard.  From a mechanical perspective, all of the systems have been modernized and replaced.  Most importantly, no trees were harmed in the making of this outdoor living space.

Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus
Michael Reeder, Archadeck of Columbus

Contact Archadeck of Columbus today to see how we can make creating your dream backyard an enjoyable experience, start to finish. The consultation is completely free. (740) 879 – 3730 or email us at We look forward to your call.

Author: archadeckofcolumbus

I began my association with Archadeck in 2001 when I was working for a subcontractor that Archadeck of Columbus was employing for patio installations. I had been working in the Landscape/Hardscape industry for quite a few years at the time and immediately noticed a difference in how Archadeck operated in comparison with other deck companies that we worked with. Over the years of working with Archadeck on numerous projects, large and small, I came to realize the importance of what they were selling; beautiful designs, top-notch craftsmanship and a world class customer experience. This is what drove me to start working for Archadeck in January of 2011 and eventually buying the company in 2016. My wife, Amber, and my son, Logan, could not be happier to be a part of such a wonderful organization. We look forward to the future as we build the outdoor living environments our customers dream of with the “world class” service they deserve!

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