Patio Pictures From Blog Cabin 2012

Cobblestone-style concrete pavers form the foundation of a circular patio that perches above Blog Cabin's sloped backyard.

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Bruce Cole

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Frank Murray

Blog Cabin's sloped backyard was terraced to flatten the grade and accommodate a circular patio.

A compass-shaped patio, clad in mats of cobblestone, naturally transitions from the back deck. Hemlock planted along the perimeter provides a natural privacy fence.

The patio's patterned layout was a style selected by online voters during the People's Choice voting period. Three shades of stone lend a luxe look.

Recycled plastic lumber furnishings in a classic Adirondack style provide the finishing touch for this outdoor space and will stand up to coastal weather conditions.

"I love the cobblestone paver patio," says Yard Crashers show host Matt Blashaw. "The circle pattern softens the edges of the yard and the cobblestones give the yard beautiful texture."

Seating in the round echoes the layout of living room furnishings. A low-profile conversation table provides space to enjoy food and drinks or play a game of cards.

A Japanese-style hot tub, constructed of Canadian Western Red Cedar, nestles on the patio's edge. The wood-fired unit is equipped with an electric pump and an electric ionizer.

Butterfly weed, a wildflower species selected by online voters, offers a partial privacy screen that will attract native birds and a wide variety of butterflies, including monarchs.

Old-growth forest borders the Blog Cabin 2012 property, where meadowland slopes gently to a creek and private beach beyond.

"The roughness of the cobblestones on the patio contrasts beautifully with the smoothness of the deck, which makes it feel like a completely different space and makes the yard seem twice as big," says Matt Blashaw.

Anitra Mecadon and the Mega Dens crew built out both dog cabin designs offered during the People's Choice vote. The Dog Barn, the online favorite, rests under a tree in the backyard. The Dog Condo was donated to the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society.

Boulders, sourced on the property, support the terraced landscape and offer up an intriguing visual element.

Durable fiber cement shakes and siding replicate the look of cedar shakes and traditional wood lap siding. Online voters selected the mossy green color scheme and siding design.

As if original to the home, a vintage-style birdbath perches on the edge of the manicured back lawn. The accessory was the preferred "wildlife retreat" choice of online voters.

A freestanding sundial, chosen by online voters, stands sentinel in the backyard, but may be moved to the center of the patio to complete the compass design.

The focal point of the patio area, a natural stone kit-assembled fireplace provides warmth, light and an intriguing visual element.

"The yard has all the hardscape and toys anyone could want in a yard," says Yard Crashers show host Matt Blashaw. "Well-defined hardscapes, gorgeous native plants, a granite fireplace, plenty of seating and a wood-burning hot tub."

At night, LED riser lights, the outdoor fireplace and the home's interior lighting cast a romantic glow on exteriors.

"The water feature was already taken care of for me by mother nature," says Matt Blashaw. "It has every element someone would want, making it the backyard that people dream of having. The great thing is that one lucky person is about to be living that dream."

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