Landscape Architect & Specifier News

APR 2019

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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Continued on page 16 14 Landscape Architect and Specifier News h a rd s c a p e s Shawnee Wooded Retreat was truly a big picture renovation. Initially, this project began as a small pool design but grew into encompassing project that included new lighting, spa, fire feature, water feature, pergola structure and landscape design. As far as the hardscape design, it is an excellent example of the same stone being utilized in different ways with different finishes. With so many distinct area and features, Lorax Design Group's goal was to create a cohesive design that unified the entire space yet maintained the naturalistic environment. We accomplished this goal by using the same materials in a variety of applications. The palette of the landscape architecture firm based out of Overland Park, Kansas, was relatively small but repetition of key materials like Corten, stone and ipe were the heart of the design. Rather than using multiple types of stone, we achieved a monochromatic feel by utilizing Dover Shell limestone in different finishes throughout the entire project. We originally selected this stone because of its unique texture--there is variety in color, but many pieces are completely covered in cross-sections of ancient shells. The texture adds a lot of interest and produces the natural environment that we desired to create. The stone is a sawn finish on the pool deck, creating a tapestry of varying colors. Courses of honed and rock-faced veneer create the texture on the home while the retaining walls were built from split-faced blocks with honed caps. The stone was a major player in Shawnee Wooded Retreat because it unified the entire project on both horizontal and vertical surfaces. Some of the design details are purely functional while others serve an aesthetic purpose. To that end, a focal feature of our design is the internally lit fire feature. The stone-clad structure is filled with slag glass rock and internally illuminated with 8 white, LED lights. We installed the built-in feature by Kelly Dooley, Lorax Design Group Minimal Materials, Maximum Results Lorax Design Group of Overland Park, Kansas, limited the materials in their design for this backyard upgrade to mainly one kind of stone as well as Corten steel and ipe wood. Among other features, the project called for a new pool and decking that used cantilevered coping to help hide the custom-built, automatic pool covers. One runs the length of the pool while a second one runs from the steps to the leading edge bar of the longer cover. They are driven by electric- powered motors, and both have pressure sensitive sensors that will halt their travel if they come in to contact with an obstacle such as a swimmer.

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