16 Apr Outdoor rooms add to the charm of amazing log home
Whimsical paver paths, terraced paver patios and creative decking make outdoor rooms for a hillside log home.
It’s all the creation of Mike and Darlene Hartwig in the wilds of the Sauratown Mountains, tucked a mile or so in the woods off the nearest marked road.
The Hartwigs relocated here from Upstate New York in the early 70s and built their dream home from local logs and even some Pine Hall Brick artifacts. Many of the exposed beams in the interior of the home came from the original Pine Hall Brick plant that was several miles south of the homesite.
The Hartwigs also have what you might call a Pine Hall Brick paver museum. The wood stove in their master bedroom sits on brick that was reclaimed from former Pine Hall Brick “beehive” kilns. Outside, paver paths and patios are continual works in progress, from beautifully aged pavers in an enchanting front yard garden defined by rustic wood trellises and fencing.
There’s a homey patio sitting area complete with porch swing in front of the home, decorated with garden ornaments and stone features. All very relaxing.
A slightly newer, but very settled garden path takes you around back to a multilevel living space that celebrates the natural surroundings. Rain barrels collect water over a Pine Hall Brick Old Town patio. Seed trays of sprouting plants soak up the sun on the varied decks off the home, all surrounded by a patio.
The Hartwigs are regular customers at Pine Hall Brick Paver Days events and they have no problem mixing and matching paver styles and color.
The results are beautiful and expertly done with clean cuts butting up to landscape timbers. While plastic edging is a more common structure for paver patios, the timbers are a good choice for the Hartwig’s hillside, because they function like a retaining wall for a terraced effect.
There’s plenty of space for family meals, extended family gatherings and grilling out.
One of the decks even has a paver pad installed under a gas grill. Brilliant! A deck can catch on fire, but the pavers protect it and they look great.
Darlene Hartwig is a big fan of pavers.
“She wants to take the patio all the way to the creek,” said Mike, pointing 50 yards down the hill.
The Hartwig's hideaway shows how much fun you can have with pavers if you like to be creative. No need to be in a hurry, because pavers are a project you can really take your time with. Darlene and Mike are still planning and designing their outdoor haven after 40 years!