Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2016

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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January 2016 75 backyard patio. This patio captures warmth and light in early spring and fall through the uniquely designed amoeba-shaped openings in the retaining wall. A linear planter in front of the wall is faced with the same stained incense cedar boards that are used on the siding of the house, bringing coherence to the space. The main living room resides between this uniquely designed patio area and the expansive views to the north, thus tying the landscape on both sides of the house to the interior of the residence. Additional features of the house include finely crafted concrete steps on its north side. These steps are integrated with planted areas and an overlook platform. The home is located just outside the boundary of a small but lively Oregon town. A winding path enables the owners to stroll directly from their home to the restaurants and shops downtown. This path is surfaced with decomposed granite and has juniper steps. Juniper trees are locally invasive, and the wood used for the steps was a byproduct from restoration efforts. The driveway up to the house has ribbons of vegetated, invisible pavement to create the width needed for emergency access. Grasspave2 by Invisible Structures, Inc was also used for the fire truck turnaround area. This treatment of emergency vehicle access areas creates a green space instead of a large concrete driveway, providing both aesthetic and environmental benefits. Plantings enforce the seamless transition from native landscape to the highly crafted site. Most of the landscape has been restored with native grasses, shrubs and trees. Close to the home and on top of the garage roof, drought-tolerant ornamental grasses, perennials, and shrubs echo the native vegetation. A few choice Top & Above, Right The 11' high retaining wall, with amoeba-like cutouts, holds back the hillside and serves as the backdrop for the backyard patio. The cedar boards that make up the planter adjacent to the wall, which contain scouring rush and monbretia next to a magnolia tree are the same stained boards that line the side of the house, tying the landscape to the home. The patio is carved into the native hillside.

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