Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2013

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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Elements Showcase: in the Residential Landscape While the four other residential projects featured in this issue focus on the entirety of a residential design, this feature is a collage of selected elements of seven residential projects submitted to LASN for feature consideration. In essence, we selected certain eyecatching elements of each residence to showcase. The elements include pools, waterfalls, entryways, outdoor living areas, hardscaping and, of course, landscaping. Outdoor Living in Carmel Valley Landscape architecture by aaa Landscape speciaLists, inc., san diego after a previous renovation failed to meet the homeowner's expectations, san diego, calif.-based design/build firm aaa Landscape specialists were called in to develop a Mediterranean-themed outdoor living area in this carmel Valley area residence, with space for entertaining and family time. before construction began, the firm used Vizterra software to provide the client with 3d images of the project to compliment the construction plans. an elevated seating area with an arbor and swing were installed at the far side of the yard in a previously unused area. this new outdoor room, which the clients affectionately named "the love nest," now highlights the best view on the property. a cover was installed above the main patio area, which was framed by a custom water feature. stone veneer and a new hearth were added to the old outdated fireplace to give it new life. the barbecue area was reconstructed, and a granite tile counter, sink, refrigerator and side burners were added with a natural stone veneer. an outdoor heater and potted plants were included for warmth and ambiance. travertine was installed for the flooring, and smooth stucco for the ceiling. the flooring throughout the backyard was a mix of integral color concrete and three rivers flagstone. Large arbors with stucco columns provide a Mediterranean flair in the transitions between patios, and tie the patios to the expansive lawn. the garden and planter areas are filled with boxwood hedges, roses and olive trees, framing the grass where the grandkids play. the fire pit was built using cMu block construction with a firebrick interior, natural stone veneer and a three rivers flagstone cap. the large cap creates space to relax around the fire and have a place to eat or drink. the gas manifold was custom built with separate flow control valves, so the clients can keep the flames small or crank up the heat at will. the swimming pool was given a gemstone finish and mosaic tiles that celebrate the birth of each grandchild. extensive lighting was used throughout the project. all of the lighting fixtures were upgraded with "brilliance" Led bulbs. 68 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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