Granite bridges provide the perfect path to explore the garden. A floating patio island showcases the round bed and tranquil views of the pond. The inspiration for this entry garden came from the owner, who wanted an “Eastern” garden that would work vicariously during their 11 month stay in Minnesota. Water was to be a major part of the design, as well.
The design of the pool deck mimics the front porch, which ties the spaces together. Synthetic turf between the lounging space and the pool allows the surface water to drain and creates maximum flexibility in the use of the tight space for entertaining. The flooring is made of a tropical hardwood.
With a pergola and palm trees providing shade, the outdoor swing bed becomes a comfortable spot where the parents can chat and relax. Behind the swing bed, an in-ground trampoline gives their girls room to practice new flips and other gymnastics tricks.
Lighting can make a huge difference to the look of an outside space. Bistro lights in the oak tree, illuminated containers and landscape lights help create a romantic and fun atmosphere. The pergola was designed to have decorative privacy screens in between the posts and is lit with decorative sconces.
To keep the backyard consistent with the interior of the home, the designers outfitted the raised deck with furniture in similar colors, like blues and corals. Here, cushioned lounge chairs offer space for sunbathing, while synthetic turf below gives the clients' children room to tumble.
A curved pergola creates a gateway from the entry garden to the lower chalet. To create the terraced area along the hillside, the designer removed roughly 350 yards of soil to start getting the correct grades and to devise a system of French drains at the office. A continuing challenge is the private utilities running between the two buildings.
A pergola extends out from the covered pavilion bringing the warm wood hues out over this outdoor bar space. A gorgeous stone countertop steals the show melding the warm wood color with neutral and gray. The smooth countertop is a stylish contrast to the rough texture of the rock bar base and nearby retaining wall.
This open air, poolside pavilion features warm, bright lighting giving a glowing atmosphere to the dining, lounging and cooking space. A pergola transitions from the open patio to the roofed outdoor living space. A variety of seating allows for guest to enjoy every angle and fixture in this luxurious patio set up.
The water feature provides a beautiful setting for the commissioned bronze sculpture, "Meadow." The water feature was a challenge because it had to be constructed in the middle of finished patios. The basalt pedestal had a concave and convex side, so late in the project the designer chose the concave side to bubble and the convex side to hold the sculpture.