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Back Bay Retreat contemporary landscape

Back Bay Retreat


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Gary Ellis wrote:
What location is this? It looks like Morro Bay
   Comment   July 25, 2013
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Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture
Back bay of Los Osos
August 13, 2013 at 12:00pm   
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A question about the stone. It's a bit hard to tell, but it looks like one of mine - Sonoran Gold Flagstone. Would you happen to know? It might even be a blend of Sonoran Gold with some contrasting and complimentary stones. We have dealers in Templeton and Los Alamos, but I have never seen this job before. If you know, thanks in advance.
August 14, 2013 at 5:03pm   
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grandmasTAN wrote:
is it dry stone or mortar? NGL fire pit? cheers
   Comment   February 5, 2014
pamelavanderpoel wrote:
Vacation - Is this also a vacation rental? My husband and I often stay at the Back Bay Inn and were looking for a place to stay with the whole family and also get ideas for our own landscaping in Tahoe.
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I have a feeling this designer is a fan of Jensen's. This design has the spirit of an updated Council Ring.
Erin Lang Norris added this to 12 Ways to Add Beautiful Stone to Your Home
Ledge. A nice addition to any fire pit or even a pond, ledges made of stone provide enough seating for all your friends and even look great when they're not in use. Something like this would make a nice place to set containers as well.
Becky Harris added this to Higher Ground: 6 Spectacular Landscapes
This breathtaking property on California's central coast takes full advantage of views of Morrow Bay. It straddles the line between manicured and untamed, with native plants and careful color selection connecting built pieces to the unbuilt landscape.
Genevieve Schmidt added this to Breeze Into Coastal Landscapes
Above all, your coastal garden should have a comfortable place to gather and enjoy the view. This patio and firepit area is nestled into the landscape for wind protection and a harmonious look.See the rest of this Back Bay retreatTell us: Which coastal gardening photos most speak to your style? Do you have any tips of your own for the coast? Please share in the Comments section.More:Easy-Care Landscaping With Rocks and BouldersAdirondack Chairs
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Fire pit overlooking water
sendsley1 added this to my house ideas
April 14, 2014
Cool fire pit area
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April 14, 2014
Curved ledge
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April 13, 2014
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April 12, 2014
Fire pit
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April 12, 2014
Stone work
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April 11, 2014
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April 6, 2014
fire pit + stone bench
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March 29, 2014
stone bench
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March 28, 2014
Stone colors and sizes
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March 28, 2014
in ground & bench
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March 27, 2014
Like the fire pit with stone seating
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March 27, 2014
Overlooking the marsh instead.
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March 25, 2014
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March 25, 2014
The flag stone colors
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March 24, 2014
Would work at CP front fire pit
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March 22, 2014
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March 22, 2014
Ground level fire pit
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March 22, 2014
Rock wall for additional seating
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March 18, 2014
houseman1131 added this to Back Yard
March 16, 2014
all I need now is Morro Rock in the back yard...
Thuy Ho added this to tweeho's ideas
March 15, 2014
Sitting walk
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March 12, 2014
Patio / fire pit
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March 11, 2014
bench into hillside
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This could work for the down stairs patio
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March 8, 2014
Oceanfront seating
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March 7, 2014
fire pit
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March 6, 2014
in ground firepit
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March 5, 2014
great idea for seating on the cliffside
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wall around fire pit
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flag stone patio
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Built into hillside
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February 21, 2014
Pit n plants
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Fire pit and sitting area
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Fire pit
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February 16, 2014
Stone wall
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February 15, 2014
sunken fire pit
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February 14, 2014
Like the walls eating and natural stone
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February 9, 2014
back or front area
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February 9, 2014
Interesting view area
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February 5, 2014
is it dry stone or mortar? NGL fire pit?
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February 2, 2014
stonework by the ocean - from home to beach
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January 29, 2014
Stone patio
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On the beach
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January 28, 2014
Height of seating
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January 26, 2014
Nice way to end a walkng path
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January 26, 2014
Very inspiring
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January 24, 2014
wall seat around fire pit
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gathering place
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January 21, 2014
Retaining Wall doubles as seating around fire pit
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January 21, 2014
Built in-seating idea for the "hill." Thinking we could simply get a portable fire pit that could go in front of the seating area on the sand.
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January 18, 2014
Fire pit with rock wall and flat walking area
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January 18, 2014
by water outdoor seating
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January 16, 2014
too much of the same stone
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Circular wall for front yard in Collingwood. Creates a private sitting area
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January 12, 2014
The view!
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simple use of flagstone
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Paths and mounds
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Backyard idea
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January 1, 2014
i love this
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January 1, 2014
gorgeous stone work for fire circle
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the scenery
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Outdoor fire pit retreat sandstone blocks
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Wall with slight burm
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Un área dusfrytable?
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If out on the river
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Fire pit
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Cool pit by lake
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November 30, 2013
seating on retaining wall
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November 29, 2013
another nice patio
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Beach Public seating
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Lucky fools,...
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Fire pit
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November 18, 2013
#18 Different view of #14 &#15
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November 17, 2013
Maybe a built in edge to sit on around fire pit?
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Terrace idea
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November 10, 2013
Like fire pit how did they do that?
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November 10, 2013
Curved knee walls better for conversing
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November 7, 2013
Small stone retaining wall backing a fire pit area, ornamental plants around the flagstone that blend into a vast open view
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public seating
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November 4, 2013
firepit..... nice composition
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height of drywall firepit
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October 31, 2013
Can see this in our yard
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October 29, 2013
great fire pit and view
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October 27, 2013
Patio - stonework and view. Landscaping also considered.
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October 21, 2013
idea for the back of the yard
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Patio idea
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October 18, 2013
Very nice
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Fire pit
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Fire pit w/ lake view
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Inground fire pit
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October 7, 2013
Cool sitting area
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September 30, 2013
Love this look.
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September 29, 2013
Sitting wall
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September 29, 2013
thinking of some sort of sitting area down there to enjoy sunsets.
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September 27, 2013
Seamless flow from sitting area to lake & horizon, warm stone palette
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September 26, 2013
Love the colors used in this landscaping
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September 22, 2013
Fire at ground level
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bench and fire pit idea
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September 17, 2013
sitting area in a 'natural setting'
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September 15, 2013
Back fire pit
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For outdoor kitchen
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fire pit
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stonework, rounded walls
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Different colors
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PEI house
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Sitting area
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September 3, 2013
short wall for seating
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September 2, 2013
awesome idea for backyard
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September 2, 2013
fire pit and landscaping
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September 1, 2013
Outside fire pit
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August 31, 2013
what a beautiful fire pit
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August 31, 2013
fire pits are nice!
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August 31, 2013
Fire pit style
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August 29, 2013
Firepit !!
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August 29, 2013
Seating on the retaining wall
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fire pit
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stone patio
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Shape and size of patio with fire pit
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August 29, 2013
Cool fire pit
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August 29, 2013
shd create a seating like this in the front
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August 28, 2013
Great waterside space for the lake
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August 28, 2013
I like this for the back yard.
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landscape patio stone wall/seating
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August 28, 2013
at pool area on lawn site
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August 28, 2013
gorgeous patio
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August 28, 2013
stan and i need to make space for this kind of living more often
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August 28, 2013
love the view from the firepit!
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August 28, 2013
firepit by the water
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August 28, 2013
places to sit
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August 28, 2013
variation of the wall idea
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August 28, 2013
wrap-around stacked stones around fire pit for seating
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August 28, 2013
nice plc to stay
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Sitting view
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August 28, 2013
where is this?
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Fire pit, grasses
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Article on relocation...
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Stone seating
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Landscape by water front
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fire pit
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Fire pit area
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Like the stone landscapping
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Beach space
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patio with stone seat at overlook
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Fire pit
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