Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2018

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50 Landscape Architect and Specifier News A Private Space Within the Landscape JGSLA was able to exceed the clients' understanding of what their landscape could be by enticing them out of their comfort zone. This was accomplished by gently persuading them to see the benefits of opening up their property to the estuary. Their need for privacy was met in a more imaginative sense rather than simply creating screening of the site, which they originally desired. Instead, private spaces were formed throughout, while at the same time, connecting the landscape to the estuary to make them feel one and the same. The result was the perception of an expansive landscape that opened up to include the infinite borrowed views of the estuary and the sand-spit, while private spaces were provided in strategic locations to satisfy the clients' needs. Another area that needed a creative solution was the existing hot tub patio. Originally, a wall created an enclosed feeling, obstructing Above & Top, Right: The hot tub patio was transformed to open up the area and connect the users to their surrounding landscape by designing a wood deck with Mexican pebble and Juncus plants around it. the surrounding landscape. JGSLA's response to this when designing the adjacent wood deck was to create two levels and provide a sort of partition to make it feel like its own space separate from the dining deck. At the same time, planters on the opposite side, filled with Mexican pebble and Juncus that tied into the estuary, were raised up to create a feeling of being at ground level, opening up the space, and connecting the users to the estuary while soaking in the tub. The ipe deck was inspired by the interior of a classic ship. The curvilinear stainless steel cable railing was incorporated for several reasons including the practical need to keep the clients' dog contained in the deck area in order to forgo a perimeter fence, to use as a back rest for the benches, and to exemplify the maritime vernacular that tied into the architecture of the residence. Reflecting the Landscape The concrete fire table, planters, and deck seat wall caps were all custom designed for a clean look that metaphorically reflects the nearby water and mimics the curvilinear estuary edges. The natural stone materials were strategically located in the landscape to act as a transition between the more contemporary and streamlined look of the wood deck and concrete elements and the wild lands of the salt marshes of the estuary. JGSLA enjoyed collaborating with some very talented local artisans to build their vision. Team List Landscape Photographer: Chris Leschinsky Contractor - Casey Johnston CJC Construction Materials/Manufactured Products Ipe decking material supplier - Advantage Lumber Fire table, concrete planters, concrete seat wall tops - Roy Burch Concrete (since retired) New flagstone walls and flatwork - Sweetwater Flagstone from Sanford Stone of Paso Robles Much of the plant material came from Native Sons Nursery and San Marcos Growers BEFORE

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