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Mitzi Gaynor's former Beverly Hills estate
Mitzi Gaynor's former Beverly Hills estate
Luke Gibson Photography
Luke Gibson Photography
Inspiration for a mid-sized mediterranean courtyard gravel landscaping in Los Angeles.
Melrose Chandelier - Mid Century
Melrose Chandelier - Mid Century
Laura Lee Designs
Outdoor pendant-style chandelier, Laura Lee Designs
Patio fountain - large 1960s courtyard stone patio fountain idea in Albuquerque with a pergola
Garden House
Garden House
Dave Adams Photography
French inspired garden home by landscape architect David Gibson. Architectural & Interior Design Photography by http://www.daveadamsphotography.com
outdoor living
outdoor living
V.I.Photography & Design
Vincent Ivicevic
Patio - mediterranean courtyard patio idea in Orange County
Mediterranean Patio
Mediterranean Patio
Tuscan courtyard patio photo in Dallas
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Lakeside Modern #2
Lakeside Modern #2
Cannarsa Structure and Design
Inspiration for a mid-century modern courtyard concrete and rectangular hot tub remodel
Morning Garden
Morning Garden
Exterior Worlds Landscaping & Design
Ten years ago, a Memorial-area couple by the names of John and Jennifer Randall contacted us. They had just bought a beautiful lot located off of Piney Point drive. Because Jennifer loved the French, and because John was Acadian from Louisiana, they had already decided to have their home built in the style of a modern French country house. The Randall’s wanted to landscape the property in accordance with a European theme, with a paver driveway and partier garden in the front, and a very large and uniquely styled pool in the back to host summer parties. However, the premier element to this landscaping project was to be a private morning garden they asked us to create in the far East corner of their yard. The Randall’s wanted this corner set apart as separate, personal space, consistent with French design elements, but with the consciousness of Zen. It was to be a place just for the two of them to relax, talk quietly, and read in the early morning and evening hours of the day. To establish the feeling of Zen, we first built a very special kind of fountain in the center of the morning garden known as a disappearing fountain. (Another term you may have heard to describe this feature is vanishing fountain.) The fountain itself was made from a cast iron container shaped like a Louisiana sugar cauldron. This not only supported the French elements of the landscape, but also directly referenced John’s Acadian origins. The concrete water tank was concealed underground beneath the cauldron, and hidden jets filled its center to overflowing, causing it to pour over the sides and onto the steel mesh deck that was concealed under dark moon stones. There, it circulated back into the tank, to be returned to the fountain again by a silent pump. This deceptively simple design created the illusion that there was no base to the fountain, and that the water itself was mysteriously vanishing back into the Earth. To establish geometry and symmetry in the center of the morning garden, we laid down a hardscape/softscape space in the grass that surrounded the fountain. We interspersed travertine blocks through the lawn in such a way as to form proportional, perfectly-shaped squares of green space that alternated like a checkerboard within the stonework. In a few of these places, we further ornamented the softscape with the same gravel that surrounded the vanishing fountain. This sharp contrast of light and darkness provided the ever so subtle suggestion of Yin and Yang that added the Zen element the Randall’s wanted to an otherwise European design theme. We then planted greenery all along the wooden walls that surrounded the property, deliberately integrating curved spaces into the linear planting areas to soften the sharp right angles of both the walls and the hardscape/softscape design. Palm and bottlebrush trees worked to give the morning garden a sense of private enclosure, while azaleas, seasonal flowers, and boxwoods created gentle ornamental touches and alternating shades of light and dark ground cover that maintained the French theme of the landscape. The project was completed with the construction of a private patio just large enough to seat two people. Here, the Randall’s could read the paper at sunrise from an elevated vantage point overlooking the fountain and greenery. While their family, friends, and neighbors instantly fell in love with the architecture of the house and the entertainment areas surrounding the pool, the Randall’s always told us that, out of all the many elements we designed in their landscape, they loved their morning garden the most.
Patios
Patios
RC Concrete
Inspiration for a large courtyard patio remodel in Seattle
Mid-North Residence
Mid-North Residence
Vinci | Hamp Architects
Architecture by Vinci | Hamp Architects, Inc. Interiors by Stephanie Wohlner Design. Lighting by Lux Populi. Construction by Goldberg General Contracting, Inc. Photos by Eric Hausman.
Mountain Estates
Mountain Estates
Copperleaf Homes
Virtuance
Mid-sized arts and crafts courtyard stamped concrete patio photo in Denver
Santa Barbara Upper East
Santa Barbara Upper East
Andrulaitis + Mixon
The courtyard entrance to this historic Santa Barbara home is anchored by the central water fountain. The french doors that line the courtyard provide abundant natural light and ventilation and allow the subtle sounds of the fountain to permeate the home. Photographer: Emily Hagopian
Foundational Planting
Foundational Planting
Nature One Landscape Design
Nature One, Inc.
Design ideas for a mid-sized partial sun courtyard stone outdoor sport court in Birmingham.
Deale Garden
Deale Garden
Thomas Tait Gardens
Photo of a mid-sized traditional full sun courtyard brick water fountain landscape in DC Metro.
Addition/Remodel of Historic House in Palo Alto
Addition/Remodel of Historic House in Palo Alto
Cathy Schwabe Architecture
View from the addition towards the library (former living room) with new courtyard with deck between. Cathy Schwabe Architecture Photo by David Wakely. Contractor: Young & Burton, Inc.
New Modern Home, FL
New Modern Home, FL
The Crew Builders
Large minimalist courtyard pool photo in Other
Saucon Valley PA- colonial industrial barn style home
Saucon Valley PA- colonial industrial barn style home
Blair Custom Homes Inc
J. Williams
Large farmhouse courtyard brick patio photo in Philadelphia with a roof extension
Mid Century Courtyard Remodel
Mid Century Courtyard Remodel
SCJ Studio Landscape Architecture
Already partially enclosed by an ipe fence and concrete wall, our client had a vision of an outdoor courtyard for entertaining on warm summer evenings since the space would be shaded by the house in the afternoon. He imagined the space with a water feature, lighting and paving surrounded by plants. With our marching orders in place, we drew up a schematic plan quickly and met to review two options for the space. These options quickly coalesced and combined into a single vision for the space. A thick, 60” tall concrete wall would enclose the opening to the street – creating privacy and security, and making a bold statement. We knew the gate had to be interesting enough to stand up to the large concrete walls on either side, so we designed and had custom fabricated by Dennis Schleder (www.dennisschleder.com) a beautiful, visually dynamic metal gate. The gate has become the icing on the cake, all 300 pounds of it! Other touches include drought tolerant planting, bluestone paving with pebble accents, crushed granite paving, LED accent lighting, and outdoor furniture. Both existing trees were retained and are thriving with their new soil. The garden was installed in December and our client is extremely happy with the results – so are we! Photo credits, Coreen Schmidt
Flagstone Patio - Pennsylvania Blue Stone
Flagstone Patio - Pennsylvania Blue Stone
stonecraftmasonryca
Flagstone Patio - Pennsylvania Blue Stone
Mid-sized arts and crafts courtyard patio photo in Los Angeles with decking and a roof extension
Stillhouse Bluff Residence
Stillhouse Bluff Residence
Arielle C. Schechter, AIA
A view from inside the entry courtyard at twilight shows the connection to the outdoors from the main rooms of the residence. On the left, the living room opens up to the water garden, as does the office space across the pond. Duffy Healey, photographer.
Modern Chic Custom Home
Modern Chic Custom Home
BeeTree Homes
Trendy courtyard concrete paver and rectangular lap pool fountain photo in Jacksonville
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