A front yard patio is designed to feel like and island and is uniquely softened by a peach and teal pebbles inlay that is flowing and textural. This modified traditional Balinese garden provides an oasis filled with tropical color and foliage, aromatic gardens, and an eastern motif.
This driveway and front entry are packed with character and function. A large circle allows for easy movement in and out of the home and compliments the neutral tones of the home exterior. A central water feature and surrounding garden decor heightens the beauty and curb appeal of the entry path.
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.
The designer was able to move the property line, site the structures and re-grade the property after the client bought the adjacent lot. This opened the door for an elegant upper gateway and terraced descent to an unforgettable infinity pool that makes the lake feel like it is right outside.
The poolhouse offers luxuriously comfy features, including a high-end kitchen with a martini sink. Storm shutter doors tucked inside the arches drop down with a push of a button. The pool house was built only 2.5’ from the waters edge creating an unusual situation with a venial pool. To make sure the pool wall was properly supported, a newly constructed block wall supports that edge. The three main arches facing the pool hide screens and shutters to block the sun or wind.
Hand-picked Japanese Denuchi Koi may be seen frolicking in three bays as they swim among mostly tropical water plants. The 30,000-gallon water garden incorporates 205 tons of Erie-Banded Taconite, along with 50 tons of grey trap. A series of four waterfalls tops out over 6 feet tall and circulates approximately 25,000 gallons of water per hour. The waterfalls deliver an enveloping melody that completely masks all traffic sound. The design juxtaposes strict formal lines and shapes with free-form movement and informality. This contrast is unusually refreshing and accentuates the motif. Traditional Balinese Gardens utilize water and represent life and pleasure to the Indonesian people.
Privacy inspires the design in this backyard, which is located along a busy road. Bubbling fountains add splashing sounds, accompanied by the gurgling of a stream over stone stairs. The fountain and stream are positioned so the water sounds are heard in each part of the backyard landscaping.
Wicker furniture is padded with plush, neutral cushions to create comfortable and inviting seating in this outdoor pavilion living space. The wood roof, fire glow and yellow lights create a warmth that encompasses the space. An open fireplace and mounted TV are visible from the furniture making this space perfect for entertainment and relaxation.
Lush plantings around the pool and pool house form a natural windbreak and also give the setting a sense of privacy. Low voltage lighting accents the surroundings. Plants include a grove of aspen trees and large evergreen trees.
Two pergolas flank the pool house and create outdoor rooms. One pergola forms a casual living room, complete with informal fire feature on an irregular bluestone patio. The other pergola design includes a swinging bed hanging from the perlins. Raised planting areas create a protected ambience and foster privacy in the pool zone. Sod ribbons on the raised bed stairs soften the hardscape.
Pool decking becomes the countertop as it flows into the pool house. A bench spans the width of the pool. The three arches house both screens and shutters. To deal with drainage into the building, there's a strip drain system along the perimeter of the floor. Water drains by gravity into the landscape on the north side of the pool house. The sunken design creates challenges but it unifies the pool and indoor areas seamlessly.
This backyard retreat provides plenty of opportunities to entertain friends and family. Plantings bring on the color and help to soften the hardscape. Originally the space offered a large paver patio, block retaining walls, a small deck and lots of lawn. Obstacles to creating this backyard oasis included two septic systems, a well, drainage problems and grade issues.
A natural stone chimney extends through the ceiling of this outdoor living space for a beautiful, textural centerpiece. The fireplace is open in front and back with bench seeing extending from either side for extra seating. The rock tones blend beautifully with the surrounding wood, rock and neutral furniture.
The main focus of the design was the infinity pool. It was positioned so the infinity edge faces the largest view of the lake. The designer created a large, lounging patio for big parties as well as a lower patio for drinks and cigars. The unique water feature with plants breaks up and softens the extensive hardscaping.