Joseph De Sciose / Styling: Alan Henderson
This Tudor-style house in the hills overlooking Charleston, West Virginia, is close to the city while seeming a thousand miles away. But, until recently, the house didn't take advantage of the surrounding natural beauty.
Homeowners David and Sandy Thomas set out to change that. "The outdoor areas were basically unusable," remembers Sandy. "The shrubs were overgrown, and the patio was small and dark."
Time To Redesign
So Sandy called landscape designer Bill Mills. They reconfigured the yard to give the Thomases and their guests a way to enjoy the scenery.
Sandy envisioned a new patio extending from the existing covered terrace out into the yard. Bill understood exactly what she wanted. "After talking with her and seeing what she had in mind, I realized she was looking for a promontory, a sort of free-floating space that could serve a lot of different purposes," explains Bill.
What material to place underfoot was an important decision. They finally settled on blue flagstone for the patio. These pavers match the color of the slate roof tiles and are easy to walk on as well.