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Contemporary Wall

A refined material palette modernizes this conventional 60′s ranch-home’s yard. Repetition of materials like stone, ipe and concrete combine beautifully to form a bold and contemporary garden.

Layered walls perform double duty as both sculpture and a way to define gathering spaces. Contrasting leaf textures and hues harmonize with the hardscape, and plant masses add their colorful statement to the canvas.

Photo Michele Lee Willson

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April 13, 2013
Gilbert Cerda wrote:
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This was a custom design for the client. The bench is concrete and is cantilevered out from the wall.
    Bookmark   April 15, 2013 at 9:18AM
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January 30, 2013
Sage Design Studios, Inc. wrote:
How is the cantilevered bench supported?
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Now that would involve us giving away our design secrets! ;)
    Bookmark   January 30, 2013 at 11:45AM
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Mark Bischak, Architect
"Design secrets" is code for "magnets".
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June 13, 2012
Premier Sunset Properties wrote:
What color is the stucco?
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The stucco was recently painted by the owner and I don't have a record of the paint color.
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July 4, 2011
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The wood is ipe and it is stained.
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Is it possible to get the brand/color of the stain?
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What Houzz contributors are saying:

Side gardens aren't just about the garden floor; they're also about the vertical plane: the walls, so to speak. That notion is expressed beautifully here. Sustainably harvested ipe boards, installed horizontally, alternate with sections of stucco to enclose and retain the side garden. This is a well-furnished room with benches for seating, pockets for plants and even a fireplace treatment. There's a graphic rhythm to this space that makes it enjoyable both to view and to spend time visiting in.
Debra Prinzing added this to Ornament Your Garden the Artful Way
Your garden's hardscaping features can also be ornamental elements. Juxtapose textures and finishes, such as these dark ipe hardwood planks, smooth sand-colored stucco and rugged stone. Yes, this is a retaining wall, but it is an artful destination that offers garden seating and a fire element. The designer explains the intent: "Layered walls perform double duty as both sculpture and a way to define gathering spaces. Contrasting leaf textures and hues harmonize with the hardscape, and plant masses add their colorful statement."What a creative solution that has elevated the once-ignored edge of a residential garden!More: 10 elements of an abundant garden

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i like the idea of some wall seating facing back towards the house
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Like this for seating area . Towards back of fence
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Love the fence
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amazing bench like that against the wood wall of the atrium
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modern, horizontal ipe attached to accent walls
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like this look but it would not go in my yard unless I put this in the front yard.
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not a gate, but i like the walls
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that is really neat can sub the stone left on property for what on this photo
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Wall. wood/Stucco. Combo.
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benches built into walls, big potted plants on top for color
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back wall
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just like the look....
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I love this! Would like to see this as I step out of my house onto the front porch; adding a water feature would make it perfect. The grass is not necessary; would just need to combine this with concrete pavers that would lead to the second gate, which heads to the back yard?
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stucco and wood colors
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bench built in--
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wonderful bold and modern, sleek landscape!
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look at that fire pit and seating
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