Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2014

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 from page 14) h a rd s c a p e s Top, Left A new deck was constructed on the home's main level, providing an entrance to the main terrace and an additional 600 square feet of living space. An underdeck water containment system traps and redirects runoff that could otherwise cause staining and erosion issues. Top, Right Nearly 300 tons of crushed granite and fill were installed to solve the steep cliff at the rear of the property, creating a functional space for the homeowners. Natural stone boulder walls provide transitions from the hardscape to the planting areas, and path lights illuminate the concrete steps that lead to the backyard from the side of the house. Above Venetian stone concrete pavers (Pavestone, Heritage series) were installed to add a grounded, Old World atmosphere beneath modern conveniences like the kitchen and spa. The granite countertop provides a prep area for outdoor cooking. 16 Landscape Architect and Specifier News construction, as it is weaker than redwood, cypress, and pressure treated lumber. Cedar, cypress, and redwood are useful when building outdoors, however, as they are resistant to insects and rot. "Most of our designs also include a water feature of some kind. This can really add to the overall ambience of the space by providing natural water sounds that have help people relax and unwind," Miller said. This installation included a rushing stream from Savio, and incorporated river stones and meticulously installed plant material made to look as natural as possible. The pump and water are below the pebbles, eliminating the danger of open waters. The project incorporated drip irrigation, using small tubing instead of underground piping and sprinkler heads and sending water directly to each plant, cutting down on over- spray and waste. Low-voltage outdoor lighting was used extensively, highlighting focal points and projecting a warm glow over the backyard. The growing popularity of outdoor living areas can be attributed to one thing – homeowners never have to choose just one thing. Features can include outdoor kitchens, entertainment centers, drapery, fire pits, fireplaces, spas, pools and outdoor lighting systems. Nearly every amenity imaginable within today's home can be added to any outdoor space.

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