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Courtyard... Makeover of a By Michael Miyamoto, LC/DBM 44 LC DBM Left Mary Liljequist, owner of Earthly De- lights Landscape Design, Raleigh, N.C., as the lead designer and construction administrator, supervised the overhaul of the back- yard of this townhouse. Once the existing concrete was removed, Mac Mason- ry, a hardscape contrac- tor from Fuquay-Varina, N.C., graded the site and installed all the hardscape. Its workers started by pouring concrete into the 30' x 23' space, equal to about 3,000 square feet, and then installed 12" x 12" pavers throughout. Above This photo shows how the backyard looked before the renovation. To liven up the landscape, the hardscape contractor constructed a raised brick planter box, and it could not be mortared to the existing brick wall, per homeowner association regulations. The planter box is about 21' in length and 6'8" in width, and is a little more than 2' feet wide at its narrowest point. Bullnose caps were installed on top of the brickwork, and Liljequist said the hardscape contractor did an excellent job of finding bricks that closely matched those of the existing wall. W When the owners of a townhouse in Ra- leigh, N.C., wanted to revamp their back- yard with more of a Southern flair, they gave Mary Liljequist, owner of Earthly Delights Landscape Design oversight of all phases of the project. She was the con - struction administrator for the project. "The clients had wanted to transform their existing backyard with a small pa - tio to a New Orleans style courtyard," Liljequist said, after they had moved from Louisiana to North Carolina. "The home - owners enjoyed gourmet cooking and fine wines and wanted a place for entertaining friends. They also wanted a quiet, private retreat where they could relax at the end of the day. Their wish list included a foun - tain and planters." Most of the backyard was dirt, except for a small concrete patio and a narrow walk - way, so there wasn't much that had to be demolished and hauled away. Mac Masonry, of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., was the hardscape contractor, and its work - ers graded the site, poured concrete into the 30' x 23' space in the backyard, con - structed a raised brick planter box, placed bullnose caps on top of the brickwork, and also installed a brick fountain. Southern Lights, a lighting contractor from Raleigh, installed path lights in the planter box, underwater lights in the foun - tain and a transformer. Liljequist incorporated plants with a tropical feel into the planter box. The existing brick was no longer manu - factured, so careful attention was paid to finding bricks that matched those in the privacy walls as closely as possible. "The masonry contractor went to great lengths to find brick that strongly resem - bled the existing obsolete brick," Liljequist said. "Every element of the project was carefully analyzed before selection was made, from the fountain mask, to the tile, to the faucet handles." PHOTOS: MARY LILJEQUIST And How a Woman's Passion for Landscaping Evolved into a Successful Business