Contemporary PatioContemporary Patio, San Diego

Inspiration for a contemporary concrete patio remodel in San Diego with a fire pit and no cover —  Houzz
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megrusty wrote:Mar 22, 2013
  • Monique Rosenthal
    whats the color of the home? and what brand did you use?
  • rflemba

    what is the building material used for the planter wall? looks great!

Mary Gardier wrote:Jul 10, 2014
  • Mary Gardier

    Thanks for the feedback!

  • Andre
    Mark schacelton
Kent Houston wrote:Mar 9, 2014
  • kristinwhite30
    Are these prefab or something you pour in place? We love the look and would like to do something similar! Thanks-
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    Falling Waters Landscape

    @kristinwhite30 These are poured in place concrete pads in a natural gray color.

lauranwatson wrote:Aug 6, 2014
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    Falling Waters Landscape

    @msjewell is right, this is Equisetum or Horsetail Rush. Very invasive so we keep it 100% contained. Never plant this plant in the ground!

Margot wrote:Jul 5, 2017
dionysus342 wrote:Mar 24, 2014
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    Falling Waters Landscape
    The wood is Ipe, a Brazilian hardwood. It is stained with a natural (no color added) stain/seal combination that brings out the natural colors in the wood. Its made by Woodduck
  • PRO
    What a wonderful way of utilizing Ipe to create a contrast on the outdoor living space. Any chance you used Ipe for the lumber that holds that "fence" together?
nicolecaperell wrote:Aug 17, 2017
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    Falling Waters Landscape

    The color is natural gray and the acid is generic 'Muriatic' acid available at most hardware stores like Lowes or Home Depot

rsilecchia wrote:Apr 3, 2016
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    Falling Waters Landscape

    Hi Rob,

    I wouldn't recommend this plant unless it can live in a very confined and manageable area. With enough water it will triple in size within a year or two. In vegas you will need to protect it from frost, though it may die back a bit, the frost won't kill it unless its sustained for several days (which can happen there). It is tough to put this plant in gardens as it is controversial and highly invasive. Use with caution :)

Land Mechanics, Inc. wrote:May 30, 2015
freddied wrote:Jul 6, 2014
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    Falling Waters Landscape
    @freddied Thank you for your question. This is a custom concrete firepit we designed and installed. If you would like more information, including details please email us.
meyasuda wrote:Jul 3, 2014
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    Falling Waters Landscape
    Hi @meyasuda thank you for your question! This is a mix of Thyme, Scotch and Irish moss.
dionysus342 wrote:Mar 24, 2014
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    Falling Waters Landscape
    I would suggest using Cedar or even Redwood for your playhouse. You can experiment with different stains to achieve a similar effect. Ipe is difficult to work with and becomes increasingly expensive if you need custom sizes milled. A wood blade will cut it, but you will burn through several blades on a large project.
jsmbythebay wrote:Mar 14, 2014
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    Falling Waters Landscape
    It is a tile material that is no longer in production (unfortunately) but could be imitated using a tile set at different depths
debbydennis wrote:May 26, 2013
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    Falling Waters Landscape
    Houzz is a great place, if you are looking for ideas! If you would like to set up an appointment, please email

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Matt Clawson added this to Why Concrete Wants to CrackOct 15, 2015

Benefits. Concrete isn’t going anywhere. Its durable, adaptive nature and attractive, chameleon-like qualities will keep trucks pouring. But the surface cracks will also keep coming. They are unavoidable. An experienced professional who understands the forces described above and takes the necessary steps to minimize cracking will go a long way toward ensuring you’re satisfied with your finished product.Find a concrete pro near youMoreHow to Tear Down That Concrete Patio5 Benefits to Concrete Floors for Everyday LivingSee a Concrete House With a $0 Energy Bill

Christine Tusher added this to How to Tear Down That Concrete PatioJun 11, 2014

Getting rid of a concrete patio enables you to replace it with a more attractive option — like pavers, stone or a modern combination, as with this patio by Falling Waters Landscape, featuring a grid of concrete rectangles divided by permeable plantings. It can also allow you to create more lawn or garden space.Best time to do it: When the weather is dry and temperate enough to permit heavy-duty work outdoors.Why: “Concrete cracks, it’s not a very pretty product, and there are a lot of better solutions on the market,” says Micah Dennis of Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design.Who to hire: This project requires heavy machinery and can have hidden pitfalls (like rebar lurking in your concrete), so it’s only a DIY if you earn your bread and butter in home improvement. If that doesn’t sound like you, it’s best to hire a licensed contractor.Tip: Dennis warns that many contractors won’t take the project if they aren’t installing a replacement patio or garden, so have a plan in place when you start interviewing professionals.Find a deck or patio pro near you

June Scott Design added this to Outdoor Style: Creative Ways With Classic ConcreteMay 27, 2014

Joints can also be planted, lined with synthetic turf or filled with gravel or pebbles. All of these treatments increase the permeability of the paving, an important aspect of sustainable gardens.

Frank Organ added this to Geometric Designs Keep Plants in LineMar 26, 2014

This contemporary garden perhaps shows formal block and strip planting in its most extreme. The planting has moved away from nature, becoming just another building block in the garden’s repertoire. Again we can see that the planting been restricted not only in space but also in plant variety.

Christine Tusher added this to Grow a Lush Privacy ScreenFeb 20, 2014

Horsetail plant also can create an effective, fast-growing screen. This hardy reed expands quickly to form an effective barrier — even around kids and pets or in an arid climate.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Lisa Townsend added this to 6 Cedar PlaceSep 7, 2019

Large square cement with 'grass' between. Tall ornamental grasses. Wood seating. Large fire area. Instead of a deck?

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