A cozy backyard retreat with a stone wall, two couches, and a fire pit

Thetis Lake

Chilco Chill

Inviting by day and particularly magical by night, this backyard retreat is the ideal place for outdoor socializing. Stone stairs lead to a yoga deck on the second level while the semi-circle stone wall, making creative use of slate and boulders, creates a warm and cozy environment.

A wooden bench built into a stone wall

The Vision

Our idea was to re-purpose as many of the large boulders buried in the small rear garden area into our design. The owners were looking for a low-maintenance but visually stunning outdoor space, one that would feel like a natural extension of the adjoining, newly renovated kitchen.

A two-level wood patio with a stone wall and wide stone steps

Our Process

Propping up the boulders into unnatural positions allowed us to realize our vision of floating cedar wood benches and a chip rock wall featuring upright pieces of slate—perfect for leaning against. The result is artistic and convenient: the boulders function as arm rests or side tables. For the deck, we chose stained cedar. The surrounding gardens and built-in lighting enhance the ambiance of this charming organic space.

A seating area on an outdoor wooden deck

The Details

The patio and gardens, connecting directly to the kitchen, became a stop on Young Life’s Home Design and Renovation Tour.

A seating area on an outdoor wooden deck
A machine moves boulders around in a yard
A two-level wood patio with a stone wall and wide stone steps
A machine moves boulders around in a yard
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  • “We had Turk create a beautiful backyard for us in 2015. Six years later the design and construction have held up magnificently. We have really enjoyed what was created and always get good reviews from those who spend time in our backyard oasis!”

    – Mike and Sue R., Thetis Lake

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