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Garnet Residence modern-landscape

Garnet Residence

This small tract home backyard was transformed into a lively breathable garden. A new outdoor living room was created, with silver-grey brazilian slate flooring, and a smooth integral pewter colored concrete wall defining and retaining earth around it. A water feature is the backdrop to this outdoor room extending the flooring material (slate) into the vertical plane covering a wall that houses three playful stainless steel spouts that spill water into a large basin. Koi Fish, Gold fish and water plants bring a new mini ecosystem of life, and provide a focal point and meditational environment. The integral colored concrete wall begins at the main water feature and weaves to the south west corner of the yard where water once again emerges out of a 4” stainless steel channel; reinforcing the notion that this garden backs up against a natural spring. The stainless steel channel also provides children with an opportunity to safely play with water by floating toy boats down the channel. At the north eastern end of the integral colored concrete wall, a warm western red cedar bench extends perpendicular out from the water feature on the outside of the slate patio maximizing seating space in the limited size garden. Natural rusting Cor-ten steel fencing adds a layer of interest throughout the garden softening the 6’ high surrounding fencing and helping to carry the users eye from the ground plane up past the fence lines into the horizon; the cor-ten steel also acts as a ribbon, tie-ing the multiple spaces together in this garden. The plant palette uses grasses and rushes to further establish in the subconscious that a natural water source does exist. Planting was performed outside of the wire fence to connect the new landscape to the existing open space; this was successfully done by using perennials and grasses whose foliage matches that of the native hillside, blurring the boundary line of the garden and aesthetically extending the backyard up into the adjacent open space.

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September 2, 2012
mvmw wrote:
Can you tell us what the metal posts are (?) That redwood planks are bolted to? - Also they in the ground in concrete? How deep? Thank you - we love this!
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Sure, If your referring to the Cedar bench it is mounted on custom metal bench brackets that are set in concrete 30" deep. If you are referring to the Cor-ten steel panels behind the bench: they are mounted to 4x4 Redwood posts set 36" deep in concrete.
    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 1:19PM
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Thank you - good name - the products and design are visionary :)
    Bookmark   September 6, 2012 at 5:05PM
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May 10, 2012
csphillips08 wrote:
What type of wood was used for the fence? And in what width?
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The fence in front of the bamboo was fabricated using 'Cor-ten steel' 4" wide strips. The fence behind the bamboo is a board on board fence, 8" width redwood panels.
    Bookmark   May 10, 2012 at 11:13AM
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Thank you so much!
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