Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2018

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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In analyzing the site, the following issues were apparent. First, there was an overabundance of lawn. An estimated 75% of the landscaped area was cool season turf, requiring lots of water to irrigate. Second, the entertaining spaces were small and didn't take advantage of the potential views from the upper part of the property. The site felt closed down to the important elements (i.e. view, open feeling) and open to the wrong elements (close neighbors and property line block walls). Above all, the property didn't reflect the owners' personalities and the location. The materials and colors used in this project are simple and natural. Bel Air rubble on the fireplace and on the raised bond beam of the pool evokes the powerful feeling of stone. The stucco is integral color, which will weather unevenly, avoiding a harsh contrast between the hardscape and the landscape. 'Dakota' random ashlar stone is used for the patios. Colored, washed concrete is used for the pool and spa coping, stepping pads, and steps, adding a simple, modern touch to the landscape design. An ozone filtration system for the pool and spa makes daily swimming healthier for hair and skin. The 'Bella Blue' Pebble Fina plaster finish mirrors the sky. A corner fireplace invites people to appreciate the warmth from two sides. A separate firepit seating area with redwood seat is close to the spa. Sustainable elements incorporated into this residential landscape include of building materials, irrigation, drainage, planting, and soil preparation. Stones from the site and from a common HOA area were salvaged and re-used in the landscape. The existing concrete patio was broken up and used for the rip-rap walls. The irrigation was replaced with a drip system, with bubblers at trees and MP January 2018 77 Trabuco Canyon Residence Blending the Backyard with the Wilderness Landscape Architecture by Alison Terry, Terry Design Inc. PHOTOS: CHRISTIAN R. TERRY

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