Simple Rendering for Firepit area

This started out as one of those deals where the client had no good idea of what they wanted; besides some patio space, some seating, and some fire. Typical client request on a residence of this size.

Now how all this goes together is completely up to me, and the layout for the space is wide open.

Pergola on seat wall


[Final rendering that was sent to the client.]

After a lot of back and forth about a big, I mean really big pergola arbor that covered over half the patio . . . the idea was completely scrapped. It was not working to fit the scene, the scale, or the house itself.

The other big issue for the homeowner was . . . “would this wood be able to make the house seem not so high?” No; I kept repeating, you are about two and a half stories high, we can’t build an arbor to lower the house.

So it became more of an idea on how to create a pleasant place to sit, away from the house. Away as in not sitting next to a two-story wall.

initial concept for pergola

[This was the initial concept sketch for the area.]

The other part of this was to make the firepit off-center. This is to allow some people to sit closer, while others can move off a ways if need be. Plus ample room to bring chairs around the firepit for those who prefer a chair over the bench-even if the bench has cushions, some folks just want some chairs.

The style of the pergola(if you’re wondering) matches quite closely to some entry pergolas I have designed for the front of the house. One at the gate to come down into the backyard, and the other which leads you into a garden going to the front door.

This was borrowed from some of the trim detail for the house. Was the drawing successful? Yes . . . the homeowner accepted without question, and with out asking how much. The idea for the sconces was a major benefit to the eager acceptance by the homeowners.

This is another example of why designers need to render. How could you possibly sell this in a plan view drawing.

This is the back of the house. The area in discussion is at the far left, and much of the patio would be out of frame.

back of residence

[ I was not kidding when I said it was tall.]

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.


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