Cho-Chung Residence, Lowry Neighborhood

The Cho-Chung family had plans to relocate to Denver from San Francisco when they contracted with Urban Gardens long distance to design their back yard which was a blank slate in the Lowry neighborhood.

Their vision for the backyard was to have a space with a “Colorado Zen” feel and an elegant, minimalist aesthetic. They wanted to use the space to for entertaining with a pergola to shade their dining table and a conversation area with a fire pit for summer parties. They also wanted a native landscape that required minimal water and maintenance and a place to grow their own vegetables and herbs.

The contemporary feel of their updated craftsman home was reinforced by drawing on Asian influences common to the craftsman style. Broad, parallel lines typical of the craftsman style were used to break up the slope and create different functional areas. Materials like wood, stone, concrete and pebbles with contrasting smooth and rough textures were incorporated and the three colors in the house, light grey, dark grey, and white, were repeated to create a harmonious color palette. Massings of xeric plants such as ornamental grasses and those with architectural interest and interesting texture were included throughout the plan.

Note: This project won a first place 2013 C.A.R.E. Award for Landscape Remodeling. Sponsored by the Homebuilder’s Association of Metro Denver, the Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence, known as the CARE awards, are the largest and longest running contest recognizing remodeling of all types, including both commercial and residential projects. Categories are numerous, and include kitchens, bathrooms, landscape, green building, and much more. CARE awards are judged blind by local volunteers, making it a fair competition that recognizes excellence in remodeling, no matter the authorship. Judging criteria included strength of design ideas, aesthetic and market appeal, sensitivity to existing structure, appropriate use of existing building elements, function and flow, craftsmanship, and overall presentation and compliance with entry requirements.
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“jardinière intégrée dans terrasse” — sicot
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“Planters” — dhberg
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“White steps and decking” — woojah
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“paint” — chrisvandyk
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“Not the neighbor view but style of patio stuff” — designfun
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“tiling/rock flooring” — mogata731
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“jardinière angle terrasse” — sicot
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