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Lake Forest Residence
Lake Forest Residence
Arrow. Land + Structures
Lake Forest Residence Outdoor Living Terrace and Pergola Landscape. ____Project Designed and Constructed by Arrow. Marco Romani, RLA - Landscape Architect.
Lake Front Property
Lake Front Property
A J Miller Landscape Architecture PLLC
Jamie Young Photography
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary drought-tolerant and partial sun backyard stone retaining wall landscape in New York for fall.
Contemporary Garden
Contemporary Garden
bkla studio
Inspiration for a large contemporary partial sun backyard concrete paver retaining wall landscape in New York.
Stone Walls
Stone Walls
Creative Masonry & Landscape of Cape Cod
Photo of a mid-sized traditional backyard retaining wall landscape in Boston.
Front Yard/Back Yard/Pool Landscapes
Front Yard/Back Yard/Pool Landscapes
Construction Landscape, LLC.
Tropical backyard planting using coconut palms and tropical accents as well as a touch of colorful Florida plants. Paver patio and retaining wall with a center Medallion.
Modern Landscaping
Modern Landscaping
Exterior Worlds Landscaping & Design
The problem this Memorial-Houston homeowner faced was that her sumptuous contemporary home, an austere series of interconnected cubes of various sizes constructed from white stucco, black steel and glass, did not have the proper landscaping frame. It was out of scale. Imagine Robert Motherwell's "Black on White" painting without the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston's generous expanse of white walls surrounding it. It would still be magnificent but somehow...off. Intuitively, the homeowner realized this issue and started interviewing landscape designers. After talking to about 15 different designers, she finally went with one, only to be disappointed with the results. From the across-the-street neighbor, she was then introduced to Exterior Worlds and she hired us to correct the newly-created problems and more fully realize her hopes for the grounds. "It's not unusual for us to come in and deal with a mess. Sometimes a homeowner gets overwhelmed with managing everything. Other times it is like this project where the design misses the mark. Regardless, it is really important to listen for what a prospect or client means and not just what they say," says Jeff Halper, owner of Exterior Worlds. Since the sheer size of the house is so dominating, Exterior Worlds' overall job was to bring the garden up to scale to match the house. Likewise, it was important to stretch the house into the landscape, thereby softening some of its severity. The concept we devised entailed creating an interplay between the landscape and the house by astute placement of the black-and-white colors of the house into the yard using different materials and textures. Strategic plantings of greenery increased the interest, density, height and function of the design. First we installed a pathway of crushed white marble around the perimeter of the house, the white of the path in homage to the house’s white facade. At various intervals, 3/8-inch steel-plated metal strips, painted black to echo the bones of the house, were embedded and crisscrossed in the pathway to turn it into a loose maze. Along this metal bunting, we planted succulents whose other-worldly shapes and mild coloration juxtaposed nicely against the hard-edged steel. These plantings included Gulf Coast muhly, a native grass that produces a pink-purple plume when it blooms in the fall. A side benefit to the use of these plants is that they are low maintenance and hardy in Houston’s summertime heat. Next we brought in trees for scale. Without them, the impressive architecture becomes imposing. We placed them along the front at either corner of the house. For the left side, we found a multi-trunk live oak in a field, transported it to the property and placed it in a custom-made square of the crushed marble at a slight distance from the house. On the right side where the house makes a 90-degree alcove, we planted a mature mesquite tree. To finish off the front entry, we fashioned the black steel into large squares and planted grass to create islands of green, or giant lawn stepping pads. We echoed this look in the back off the master suite by turning concrete pads of black-stained concrete into stepping pads. We kept the foundational plantings of Japanese yews which add green, earthy mass, something the stark architecture needs for further balance. We contoured Japanese boxwoods into small spheres to enhance the play between shapes and textures. In the large, white planters at the front entrance, we repeated the plantings of succulents and Gulf Coast muhly to reinforce symmetry. Then we built an additional planter in the back out of the black metal, filled it with the crushed white marble and planted a Texas vitex, another hardy choice that adds a touch of color with its purple blooms. To finish off the landscaping, we needed to address the ravine behind the house. We built a retaining wall to contain erosion. Aesthetically, we crafted it so that the wall has a sharp upper edge, a modern motif right where the landscape meets the land.
Beautiful Gardens
Beautiful Gardens
Elise Landscapes & Nursery, LLC
Photo of a large traditional partial sun backyard stone retaining wall landscape in New York.
Design/ Build- A Home to Showcase
Design/ Build- A Home to Showcase
Greenhaven Landscapes Inc.
Hear what our clients, Allison & Rick, have to say about their project by clicking on the Facebook link and then the Videos tab. Seat walls take advantage of the grade change and help define spaces while allowing for additional seating. The Jerusalem limestone pool deck pitches away from the pool with spacing between the stones and micro-trench drains along the front of the walls ensuring proper drainage. Project Partners: Rosebrook Custom Inground Pools, Conway Contracting, Hannah Goering Photography
Colonial Charm - Glenview Residence
Colonial Charm - Glenview Residence
Arrow. Land + Structures
Designed and Photographed by: Marco Romani, RLA - Landscape Architect. Glenview Design - Outdoor Living Terrace and Landscape. ____Constructed by: Arrow
Perennial Gardens
Perennial Gardens
Maher & Greenwald Fine Gardens
Inspiration for a mid-sized traditional partial sun backyard concrete paver landscaping in New York.
Temescal Family Garden -  Seating and Garden
Temescal Family Garden - Seating and Garden
Ian Moore Design
Ian Moore
This is an example of a large contemporary drought-tolerant backyard gravel retaining wall landscape in San Francisco.
Perennial & Annual Planting Bed
Perennial & Annual Planting Bed
User
This planting design includes a combination of annuals, perennials, evergreen groundcovers & shrubs. The retaining wall is made of PA fieldstone. The patio is a natural cleft blue stone flagging. This landscape design project is located in Warwick, NY. Landscape and masonry design and construction services in the NY & NJ areas. 845-987-1270
Rock Wall, Steps, Bamboo
Rock Wall, Steps, Bamboo
Ross NW Watergardens
Basalt wall with basalt/gravel steps in the background. Lake Oswego Shade Garden Check out more from this project at http://www.rossnwwatergardens.com/lake-oswego-shade-garden/ We love working in Lake Oswego! By Ben Bowen of Ross NW Watergardens, a Portland landscaping firm.
Hardscapes
Hardscapes
Columbine Design - CLOSED
Design/build by Columbine Design
Design ideas for a large traditional backyard stone landscaping in Denver.
Cedar Street Remodel
Cedar Street Remodel
Steven Ginn Architects LLC
Collaboration with Marilyn Offutt at Offutt Design. Tom Kessler Photography
This is an example of a contemporary backyard retaining wall landscape in Omaha.
Daylight Home
Daylight Home
Fairview Custom Homes
Aperture Vision Photography
This is an example of a mid-sized modern full sun backyard stone landscaping in Other.
Back Patio
Back Patio
Terra Ferma Landscapes
Another view of the back patio.
Design ideas for a small contemporary backyard stone retaining wall landscape in San Francisco.
Landscape
Landscape
Arroyo Seco Construction
Inspiration for a mid-sized southwestern full sun backyard concrete paver landscaping in Santa Barbara for summer.
Contemporary Landscape with custom concrete work and stucco retaining wall
Contemporary Landscape with custom concrete work and stucco retaining wall
Wilson Woodscape, Inc.
Complete landscape renovation of rear yard. The property is a duplex that shared a single backyard. After extensive excavation, retaining walls and new flatwork each unit had the own private space for entertaining.
Seat Wall, Patio, Fire Pit
Seat Wall, Patio, Fire Pit
Alder Group, Pool and Landscape Co.
Alder Group pool and Landscape Co. completely redesigned and reconstructed this early 70's swimming pool and landscape. Bring it from an outdated unusable backyard to an up to date functioning and beautiful backyard. Landscape architect in Orinda, Ca Landscape design in Orinda, Ca Landscape contractor in Orinda, Ca Swimming pool contractor in Orinda, Ca
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