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There's a beefy feeling in the materials used for this outdoor dining room, but their proportion and scale feel completely appropriate for the setting. This is a relatively narrow space for a dining terrace, yet the narrowness is offset by the elongated proportions.
First, you notice it in the wood retaining wall. Then the same wall proportions are used on the stone facade to partially enclose the raised platform. As for scale, the dining set nicely occupies its designated space — you wouldn't want anything smaller here.
I'm a sucker for a well-placed piece of artwork or sculpture in a garden setting. This classical bowl on a substantial pedestal has the correct proportion within the space. It rests informally on the green carpet of turf and relates nicely (at about half the height) to the border of ornamental grasses behind it.
As for scale, there's something quite elegant about the appropriateness of this piece. I can certainly imagine a much taller sculpture placed here. But I do appreciate how the pedestal's volume echoes the tree trunk at the far right.
Similar to the previous water feature, this massive fire pit used as a central design element illustrates confident use of scale. Think about those flimsy, imported fire pits that constantly threaten to be knocked over. Instead, the owners of this inviting outdoor space have used an industrial metal salvage piece to create the aboveground fire pit.
There's a good understanding of proportion at play here, too. Notice how the space surrounding the fire pit accommodates comfortable Adirondack chairs and a curved retaining wall.
An arbor constructed from massive timbers frames the entry to a gravel courtyard. Here is a situation where the materials are proportionately accurate in relationship to the architecture. The scale is also appropriate — not too large, not too small.
The height of this home determines the depth of the landscape in front of it. The home's scale and the garden's scale feel related. The eye moves comfortably from the ground plane to the vertical plane, creating a harmonious effect.