After a storm brings down a beloved tree, a replacement takes shape.
In 2003, after hurricane Isabel blew down a stately tree in this Williamsburg, Virginia backyard, the owners were left with a big gap in their yard, and in their hearts. The old tree was almost a part of the family. For years, it’s spreading limbs provided a shady place to relax and watch the grandchildren playing on a rope swing. The owners could have replanted a new tree, but it would be years before it was big enough to provide real shade. As an alternative, Hertzler & George suggested building a wooden arbor that they could use immediately. The structure was designed to support a rope swing and chair, and an open-framed roof provides support for vines to grow on.
A MISSING PIECE
BEFORE – After the storm, the loss of the shade tree made the backyard unwelcoming.
DURING – A 3d model of the house and arbor allowed the clients to see how it would relate to the house.
NOW YOU SEE IT
DURING – The 3d model allowed the clients to see exactly what the arbor would look like.
AFTER – The finished structure.
A GREEN CEILING – Plantings around the base of the arbor will eventually grow up into the roof to provide welcome shade.
HAVE A SEAT – A swing bench and simple bluestone landing provide the perfect afternoon getaway.