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modern, puzzle grass, polished stone or ceramic? great facade
pond, stone bridge, gravel, chaise
bamboo for privacy, daybeds, subtle tone
green roof, urban environment
love plants and space, colors
yard or courtyard with guest house
love the floating rock
looks very cozy
The slate-tiled balcony off the main suite leads to a green roof, landscaped with mosses and other native plantings. The balcony doubles as a canopy for patio spaces below.
Green, or living, walls are a great example of a simplicity and style that suit block and strip planting. Strips and blocks of evergreen plants create a wonderful pattern of color and texture and provide a wonderful backdrop to a formal contemporary garden.
11. Add a fun feature — like a climbing wall. We know this isn’t for everyone, but if you are an avid rock climber, it could make sense to invest in a climbing wall at your own house. Want some other fun features to consider? Try a skateboarding ramp, a lap pool or a bocce court.
like shed and separate spaces
In this midcentury modern house, a NanaWall door system opens up the master bedroom to the petite outdoor patio. Other design pluses: a pair of Bertoia Diamond Chairs and cone-shaped planters that anchor the surrounding wall.
12. Keep maintenance to a minimum. One of the great things about small spaces is that they’re easy to clean. So don’t muck with this advantage! Arthur suggests using more planters rather than ground-cover soil. “Otherwise mud inevitably ends up all over your small patio space,” he says. “Containers give you the warmth of planters but are more manageable.”
15. Create a focal point. As with adding character, a focal point takes attention off the size of the space. Arthur likes to use water features. He’s even added a single large planter right in the center of a small backyard to draw the eye into the center and push the walls away. “It’s a trick of the eye,” he says.
9. Enclose the space. This may sound counterintuitive to making a small space feel larger, but it’s something that might work for your space. “When you enclose a small space even more, you play up its coziness and make it intimate, something that’s hard to achieve with large spaces,” Arthur says. “This also takes it to the next level of feeling like an outdoor room.”
extend an indoor space
We can see in contemporary designs such as this one how Burle Marx’s introduction of asymmetrical designs still influences designers in both the layout and planting of their schemes.
Giant mosaics can easily be transferred on a smaller scale into gardens, using a range of pebbles of different tones and colors.
The master bathroom addition is accessible from both the bedroom and a back porch. The freestanding tub has a handheld spout and can work as a shower too.
Considering the 85 inches of annual rainfall and the sloped site, Bridges kept runoff at the forefront of her design. A rain chain downspout receives water from the shed roof; the water then runs to the east yard. Rain from the front of the house and the deck enters a swale and contributes to irrigating the xeriscape garden.
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