Samuel H. Williamson Associates
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shwa contemporary-landscape


Concrete runnels pass through a grove of bamboo, connecting upper and lower portions of this contemporary landscape.

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April 3, 2012
heather123 wrote:
are those cobblestone - What kind of rock is by the steps?
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It's 4"-6" river rock. Just a larger version of the river rock that you more commonly see.
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August 31, 2013
ptmlee wrote:
can you please tell me type of bamboo here? beautiful! Thank you!
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John Hill added this to Inspired Designs for Sloped Lots
Sometimes a change in grade can be accentuated by the landscape. Here the stairs and access are not as important as the bamboo and water feature. The concrete runnels of the water feature seem to stitch the two levels together.
Be both practical and stylish. This project is in Seattle, where I live. I'm particularly impressed with the way the landscape architect has used concrete runnels to connect the upper and lower portions of this contemporary landscape. The runnels also help retain storm water and move it through the property.Together, plants (golden bamboo) and materials (poured concrete and stone) make a visual connection between the levels. A staircase physically links the two spaces.Viewed from above, the extended runnels draw the eye beyond this component toward the play lawn, patio and outdoor gathering spaces. This sunken garden is well thought out and separate from the entry, although accessible from the home's lower rooms.
The use of tall, loosely foliaged bamboo allows these plantings to reach from lower levels to the heights of the top retaining wall. The design is simple yet very effective.More: Terraces Beckon the High Life

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Cecil Harley added this to cecil_harley's Ideas
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December 21, 2014
Like the big rocks between steps and wall
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November 25, 2014
Wood, bamboo
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Concrete, bamboo, gravel
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contained gravel
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Runnels wall
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front yard
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pebble in fill
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Love pebbles for drainage & low maintenance along with concrete trim
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Rain channels
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like how there are pebbles and also long grasses.. texture. also like how there are big rocks and squares of everything
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Bamboo in narrow planters
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Plant in behind the wall
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like the mix of stones - cement bamboo
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fuente de piedras de río
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concrete planters, grass and river rock
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fill in with stones or gravel
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use of rocks
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for the backyard?
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Drainage between terraces
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Drainage channel
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river rock
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rocks down side of stairs
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not really applicable, but interesting
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zen water feature at chapel?
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long channel water feature good for floating/sailing things. could cool wine...
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Modern yard
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Retaining with water
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terraced slopes
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concrete and river rock
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poured concrete beds
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para el talud
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Olive ?
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steps and rocks
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concrete work
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Pea gravel!
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like the stone alongside the stair
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Loves this water feature
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just what i am looking for
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concrete retainer
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November 30, 2013
“concrete runnels to connect the upper and lower portions of this contemporary landscape. The runnels also help retain storm water and move it through the property.” “the runnels to channel the water” “cool landscape esp. the use of concrete runnels” “concrete runnels of the water feature seem to stitch the two levels together.” “Be both practical and stylish. This project is in Seattle, where I live. I'm particularly impressed with the way the landscape architect has used concrete runnels to connect the upper and lower portions of this contemporary” “landscape. The runnels also help retain storm water and move it through the property.Together, plants (golden bamboo) and materials (poured concrete and stone) make a visual connection between the levels. A staircase physically links the two spaces.Viewed from above, the extended runnels draw the eye beyond this”
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Stormwater sunken courtyard
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bamboo in front planter?
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Water delivery
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water management
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concrete runnels for water drainage.
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Retaining wall
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concrete runnels are awesome
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A different option for colors. The yellow wood as interior and exterior color and the reddish brown concrete for the interior floors.
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Troughs in concrete walls
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Concrete retaining wall with rock beds
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Landscaping nice
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look at stains
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Trees in planter
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rocks between terraced beds
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Use of stones in terraced garden
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Rock by stairs
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rill descending levels
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Water proofing
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Our backyard
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Nice combination of wood and concrete
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Edge of wall beside a seating area
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Way to buffer transition steps on right towards gate. Use nicer rocks.
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use of round rocks
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Layers and gravel and simplicity
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Storm water management
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Amazing integration if channeled fountains into the terraced planted gardens! I love this clean design!
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simplicity modern design
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drainage for retaining wall area
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hillside drainage
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Garden feature
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water feature
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large river rock between stairs and planters
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Water feature?
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concrete, bamboo and stones
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mix boxes and stone
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Nice ideas
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composição madeira/ aço e concreto
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low maintenance
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Horta declive
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grey colored rocks
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Add stone to gutters
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I like the bigger stones next to the step in this pic
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rocks on slope
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for prefab
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rocks next to steps
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Landscape 09
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Retaining wall
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pavers run into grass
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rain feature
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River rock along side steps
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Gardening & design
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love the landscaping
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these stones are too big
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Non invasive bamboo - might be interesting in beds between bedroom terrace and pool
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Merdiven yanı
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stone stairs
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rocks in crevice ... outside stairs space?
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rocks along the steps
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Good way to continue the landscaping started in the front yard.
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Texture without much maintenance
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Structure in backyard
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Excellent staff
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terrace with bamboo
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Garðtillaga 1
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water spouts
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The use of tall, loosely foliaged bamboo allows these plantings to reach from lower levels to the heights of the top retaining wall. The design is simple yet very effective.
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El pati pa interior patio cubierto
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are these concrete water collectors that run the excess off the roof?
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love the big stones
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outdoor steps
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Very nice.
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bamboo garden
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terrace walls using rocks sm and large
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garden terracing
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The terraced plantings are minimalistic on the lower levels, with manicured lawn stepping up to a line of ornamental grasses — the whole creating the theater for the living wall at the rear of the garden. Add to ideabook by Samuel H. Williamson Associates by Samuel H. Williamson Associates The use of tall, loosely foliaged bamboo allows these plantings to reach from lower levels to the heights of the top retaining wall. The design is simple yet very effective.
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love river rock
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Seattle house shwa
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retaining wall w/built in draining design
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steps to the cliff idea
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rain gutters
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Simply the coolest! Rocks, gravel, and the whole layout.
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terracing. bamboo, rocks, climbing
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Concrete walls
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Like the gravel for our driveway
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Like bamboo.
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clean lines
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Modern tiers
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steps- riverstone
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oversized river rock along stairs
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the concrete runnels of the water feature knit the landscape together.
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comfortable me
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