Backyard oasis: friends welcome here

Written by: Lauri Gross

Step into Barb and Joe Necastro’s Cleveland Heights back yard and you will see green space so expansive, you might forget that you are in the heart of a fairly dense suburban neighborhood. Look again, and the formal garden might catch your eye. Or perhaps you spot the kitschy flamingo standing amid matching pink astilbe in bloom, or the bright blue oversized guitar like the ones made popular in downtown Cleveland that celebrate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  An astute observer will also notice a bit of southern charm in the not-quite-black wooden perimeter fence. The Necastros’ back yard is all these things and more and there is a lot to see in their new oasis. Designed by a friend and with friends in mind, this is a back yard that welcomes guests with a promise of hospitality and joy. 

Resources: Landscape design: Exscape Designs; Landscape architect: Julie Hensley, RLA, ASLA, LEED Green Associate of Julie Hensley, Landscape Architect, LLC (Charleston, SC); General contractor: Mike Crow, KNH Construction, LLC; Stone supplier: Van Ness Stone; Landscape material supplier: Chagrin Valley Nursery; Spa contractor: Highland Construction; Railings: Classic Metal Studio; Wood fence: Elyria Fence; Arborist: Independent Tree; Low voltage lighting: Wolf Creek


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