Carmel Highlands contemporary landscape

Carmel Highlands

An ocean view on the coast with boulders as patio seating. The rocks encircle an outdoor fire pit, and are on flagstone pavers

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rockpin wrote:
Fire pit from where please? - Love this fire pit where is it from?
     Comment   October 23, 2013
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Randy Thueme Design Inc. - Landscape Architecture
Custom designed and fabricated.
October 23, 2013 at 9:31pm   
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Thank you, it's beautiful . What kind of metal is it? I know of a wrought iron artist in town. What kind of fabricator would I use?
October 23, 2013 at 10:49pm   
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Margery wrote:
What stone was used for ground?
   Comment   August 25, 2012
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Flagstones, which is what you see in the photo, come in a variety of colors, depending on what area they came from. Find a stone supplier near you and go visit to see what they offer. It's an interesting experience and you'll learn a lot.
August 25, 2012 at 6:09pm   
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bdpressley wrote:
what material was used for the firepit? - It almost looks like a wine barrel cut in half, but the wood would burn.
   Comment   June 13, 2012
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Thanks. Can you buy it prefabricated as a firepit, or is it custom made?
June 13, 2012 at 8:59am   
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Randy Thueme Design Inc. - Landscape Architecture
Custom made
June 13, 2012 at 9:23am   
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amygroberts wrote:
Source for fence? Sections attached or not? What material? Thx very much for answering!
     Comment   May 1, 2012
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Oops! :)
fence to the left
May 1, 2012 at 10:35am   
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Randy Thueme Design Inc. - Landscape Architecture
The mesh is 1" x1'" woven stainless steel wire from McNichols Co. The frame is custom made steel w/ Ipe wood cap. The individual fence panels cantilever from the wall.
May 1, 2012 at 11:49am     
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Pamela Denham wrote:
What was the design idea behind placing the boulder seats in such a way that people would have to sit either with their backs to the ocean or to the firepit?
   Comment   May 26, 2011
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Off shore breezes usually blow inland
August 25, 2012 at 5:22pm   
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Marie Fuller
I think it's also because it is trying to flow with its surrounding. Boulders become part of the water.
September 7, 2012 at 8:48pm   
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angie Wood wrote:
What type of flowers are growing in between the flagstone?
     Comment   April 22, 2011
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Sheila Schmitz
I believe that's creeping thyme, a favorite perennial for planting between pavers, and it has a purple bloom!
April 22, 2011 at 2:19pm     
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marcusghardt wrote:
Where was this taken? - Where was this taken?
   Comment   September 25, 2012

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Boulders serve as the ultimate all-weather seating option.
Becky Harris added this to Furniture Picks for Picturesque Patios
Going back to basics, sometimes big rocks with smooth tops are all you need when gathering toward a fire and a view.
Vanessa Brunner added this to 3 Fuss-Free Ways to Garden
Flagstone pavers are used here as a form of ground cover around an outdoor firepit. For a splash of color, the landscape architect planted a beautiful perennial creeping thyme between several of the stones.
Genevieve Schmidt added this to Breeze Into Coastal Landscapes
The craggy boulders here double as seating and give a nod to the rocky hillside around. Creeping thyme softens the flagstone patio and makes it an inviting place to sit by the fire.
Marianne Lipanovich added this to Lay of the Landscape: Coastal Garden Style
Don't Forget ComfortOcean breezes can be strong, and the temperature can be cool, especially at night or when it's foggy. A windbreak and a fire pit are two additions you'll use often.
Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates added this to Almost Invisible Outdoor Furniture Lets Views Star
The large boulders used in this coastal landscape provide abundant seating around the fire pit while maintaining the naturalistic feel of the site. Built furniture would clutter the foreground, detracting from the rugged beauty of the place itself; this rustic seating solution blends with the surroundings.

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Foot plant between the rocks.
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The plants growing between the pavers
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Thyme in walkway
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like the large slabs with purple groundcover
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Fence lakefront
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Flowers between pavers
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Boulders around fire pit
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ground cover and sand mixed?
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Stones around firepit
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flagstone and boulders
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pavers interspersed with ground cover
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Flagstone pavers for dog run
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March 25, 2014
no grass
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March 25, 2014
um love this ground cover and well the view :)
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Fiori tra pietre
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Farm house
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Even with moss, the tighter the fit of the flagstone, the better!
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Patio idea for Lantern HIll?
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Rock patio
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Outdoor space seating idea
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Stone + firepit
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Paver n thyme
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March 10, 2014
More sitting rocks
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boulder seats for firepit
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For front patio
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Ground cover
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so thyme has purple flowers
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Planting between stone
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combo of slate and groundcover
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outdoor fire pit seating
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Glass framed in pipes?
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February 20, 2014
I like this look too...maybe its the view!
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My dream back yard
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Flat top boulders - so natural!
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Lake house
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Ground cover
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Flowers growing through pavers
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stone + flat steppables. nice relaxed feel.
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February 6, 2014
Patio for front, like flowers growing through stones
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Boulders as seating, natural fire pit area
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informal firepit
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January 30, 2014
Like the purple flower groundcover btwn some but not all of the pavers
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January 27, 2014
Creeping thyme, wonder if it will grow in zone 6?
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I could see this in yalls backyard!
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January 12, 2014
love the flowers, stones and the bolders for sitting around fire pit
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Boulders as seating
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January 8, 2014
thought this was cool with boulders... better firepit idea this may be to casual for PA?
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Flowering ground cover
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good use of large boulders
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Natural seating and ground covers with fire pit
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Great patio with ground cover
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December 28, 2013
Rocks as seats on a stone patio
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December 27, 2013
Boulders! For sitting on. For Picnics. For Climbing. For dividing the yard.
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boulders as seating
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Тимьян на площадке
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more like this with the plant material
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boulders on patio
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Rustic fire pit
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creeping thyme plus grasses
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Creeping thyme
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Fire chill spot
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Stones in the garden
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ground cover
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stone seating & fire pit
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grass in between the paving
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ground cover between stones
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Flagstone pavers are used here as a form of ground cover around an outdoor firepit. For a splash of color, the landscape architect planted a beautiful perennial creeping thyme between several of the stones.
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fire pit
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Fire pit seats
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Thyme between the rocks
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I want to be here
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Furniture rocks
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Creeping thyme and pavers
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Mix of boulders and stone
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For Carlos
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Nice use of colours and natural items.
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natural rocks
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Like the idea of groundcover growing between stones
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Idei pt. Gradina
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Rocks as seats
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October 10, 2013
similar flagstone to what you have
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nice patio
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Patches of ground cover
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Love the plants in between the rocks
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Fire pit
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rustic cool
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rustic fire pit w/ boulders
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Rocks v. Benches for fire pit
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Creeping thyme planted between pavers
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Oceanfront in Carmel.
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Creeping thyme
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Bolder seating around firepit
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flagstone; rock seats
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Boulders for chairs around fire pit
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זאת הפינה
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love rocks
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love the flagstone with the boulders
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Rocks for seats How much would the ocean cost?
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Pattern of flagstones
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flagstone with purple plants and cover
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Outdoor fire
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break the circle patio into shape segments adding off center fireplace and large rocks that will add seating
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planting between stones
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with plants
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I like the metal grate to keep in embers. However a gas version wouldn't need this.
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stone seats
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flowering thyme and grasses with flagstone
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stones for chairs - great idea
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I like how they have chosen boulders with flat surface to sit.
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Flagstone pavers with ground covers between for outside north side of house under wire pergola. Cooler than all-over hard surfacing but still clean.
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Flower in stone
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Boulders serve as the ultimate all-weather seating option.
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Stones for seats
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Could be St. John's
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Love this entire patio
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Paving and informal seat rocks
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flowering plants between stone floor
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natural seating/table, flowering thyme
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Nice color flagstone w creeping thyme
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Boulder chairs
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bolder seating
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Boulder seating
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Nice patio stones
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Pavers + creeping groundcover
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