Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 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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60 Landscape Architect and Specifier News To solve this dilemma, the backyard was terraced with several different step-downs. The upper terrace contains the patio area with the furniture, which was specified by the interior designer. Then there is the pool terrace, followed by what Booth relates is the "Sunset Terrace" because it looks westward. Finally, the back walkway declines the hill in a couple of terraced steps that go all the way down to a boat dock. Another difficulty that the design firm encountered was that the garage was originally planned to sit below the house level, a design that is unique to Florida. In order to mitigate flooding, a trench drain was placed at the seam between the garage and the driveway. One of the main corner pieces of the project is an ancient 50'x 50' oak tree that stands resolute in the backyard. Meticulous care was taken during the design and construction phases to ensure that tree was not damaged and, in the end, served as one of the focal points of the backyard. This tree also allowed a great place for spotlights to be mounted in order to illuminate the backyard and pool area. The Rock One of the most unique, if not the most unique, aspects of this residential estate is the eight foot wide, six foot tall, 20,000-pound boulder that was placed in the front of the home. The client has another house in Colorado, and wanted to bring a little piece of the state back with him to his new Florida residence. Top: Steps flowing from the back of the house were softened with planter breaks filled with tropical plants. One of the challenges was constructing the transitioning and doing the grading from the home to the water, a 13-foot height difference, which was achieved with terracing. Various seating nooks lend themselves to gathering for families and friends. Continued on page 62

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