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Carmel HighlandsContemporary Patio, San Francisco

Seat rocks at the fire pit provide an opportunity to stop and take in the magnificent view. Photography: Matthew Millman, RTD

Example of a trendy patio design in San Francisco with a fire pit —  Houzz
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This photo has 8 questions
Denham Fine Art wrote:May 26, 2011
  • Margery
    Off shore breezes usually blow inland
  • Marie Fuller
    I think it's also because it is trying to flow with its surrounding. Boulders become part of the water.
amygroberts wrote:May 1, 2012
bdpressley wrote:Jun 13, 2012
rockpin wrote:Oct 23, 2013
Margery wrote:Aug 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.
SugarCane Staging and Design wrote:Apr 22, 2011
  • Sheila Schmitz
    I believe that's creeping thyme, a favorite perennial for planting between pavers, and it has a purple bloom!
Shane Williams wrote:Jul 22, 2015
    marcusghardt wrote:Sep 25, 2012

      What Houzz contributors are saying:

      Jay Sifford Garden Design added this to Plant Your Hardscape for Unexpected GreenJul 5, 2014

      Interplant hardscape to establish traffic patterns. Not only does interplanting soften harsh lines, but it can also slow the visitor’s gait and establish traffic patterns in large areas of hardscape. People will generally avoid stepping on plants, preferring to be ushered to destinations by subtle living reminders.

      Margie Grace - Grace Design Associates added this to Almost Invisible Outdoor Furniture Lets Views StarAug 8, 2012

      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.

      Marianne Lipanovich added this to Lay of the Landscape: Coastal Garden StyleMay 22, 2012

      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.

      Genevieve Schmidt added this to Breeze Into Coastal LandscapesMar 16, 2012

      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.

      Vanessa Brunner added this to 3 Fuss-Free Ways to GardenMay 4, 2011

      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.

      Becky Harris added this to Furniture Picks for Picturesque PatiosApr 15, 2011

      Going back to basics, sometimes big rocks with smooth tops are all you need when gathering toward a fire and a view.

      Annie Thornton added this to Easy-care Landscaping With Rocks and BouldersNov 24, 2010

      Boulders serve as the ultimate all-weather seating option.

      What Houzzers are commenting on:

      socal67 added this to Hardscape6 days ago

      Ground cover interplanted between pavers.

      ashleyburton87 added this to Landscape IdeasMar 10, 2019

      Like the ground cover plants growing in between the hardscape.

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