Gordon Head

Looking Through the Keyhole

We turned this large, underused property into several distinct areas that are as appealing as they are functional.

Wide stone steps lead to a patio with a table and chairs

The Vision

This property had a lot of space, but it needed to be shaped and made into meaningful, liveable areas. For one of the areas, we proposed adding a wide staircase leading to the garden, creating a sense of flow. For the second area, we designed a unique keyhole-shaped sunken patio with stone steps—great for intimate dinners under the stars.

A large tent sits over a patio area

Our Process

We “faced” all the existing walls with rock and hand formed and poured all the walls with a cement cap. Lights installed in the walls create dramatic night-time ambiance.

A keyhole shaped patio with a table and chairs

The Details

We approached the planting with a Tuscan landscape in mind, bringing in two types of Lavender that play off the soft beige tones of the patio’s slate. An ideal spot for a small dinner party.

Before: a backyard garden before landscaping
Wide stone steps lead to a patio with a table and chairs
Detail of a stone patio with a table and chairs
Before shot: a backyard area with an overhang and covered tables and chairs
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A large tent sits over a patio area
  • “We thoroughly enjoyed working with Catherine and Marty from Turk Design. They were both incredibly friendly, had great design ideas and finished the job on time and on budget. We highly recommend Turk Design.”

    – Paul and Sheri L., Gordon Head

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