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Inspiration for a large contemporary backyard deck remodel in San Luis Obispo with a fire pit

Farm Field Pacific RimContemporary Deck, San Luis Obispo

Inspiration for a large contemporary backyard deck remodel in San Luis Obispo with a fire pit —  Houzz
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monicabendele wrote:Jul 31, 2015
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    AdvantageLumber.com

    Hi monicabendele,

    This ipe deck appears to be in the process of silvering. Usually Ipe will change colors as its sun's exposure increases going from the oiled look to natural to this light brown and finally silver. The transitions Ipe makes is one of the beautiful aspects of an all natural product.

  • monicabendele

    Thanks. Do you think it's possible to keep it in this stage?

itsbanans wrote:Oct 7, 2013
GuyArchitect wrote:Jul 5, 2015
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    Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture

    1. Artemesia arborescens

    2. Achillea 'Moonshine'

    3. Stipa tenuissima (use caution when deciding to plant, can be considered invasive)

zajj wrote:Sep 23, 2012
Parker Design / Build / Renovations wrote:Dec 9, 2012
    tabonej wrote:Jun 19, 2012
      sdnewstreet wrote:Jan 15, 2012

        What Houzz contributors are saying:

        mariannel
        Marianne Lipanovich added this to Lay of the Landscape: Modern Garden StyleApr 10, 2012

        A contemporary hardscape, with its simple lines and low profile, also works well when paired with the natural landscape. Here, the garden itself has a low profile, allowing the hillside foliage and the view to be the stars of the show. In this setting, the boundaries between garden and nature are distinct, but you can also gradually blur the line between the formal and natural spaces. For example, use native plants in formal rows to line the edge of your space, then gradually loosen the rows so they begin to blend into the free-growing space beyond. Another idea would be to use a water feature as a bridge between the two spaces.

        dkprinzing
        Debra Prinzing added this to 8 Ways to Design an Alluring BackyardMar 30, 2012

        2. Capture vistas and vignettes. Modern lines, materials and plantings abut this semiwild, meadow-inspired grass hillside. This scene offers a beautiful, inwardly focused point of view. Yet the distant landscape is equally powerful, a living work of art that is ever changing. For anyone who sits here, the vista is as much a part of the design scheme as the deck, the bench and the raised planters. It is a set piece composed with intention — a gift to those who come seeking the healing power of nature.

        kgrono
        Kenny Grono added this to Contractor Tips: Build a Top-Notch DeckFeb 16, 2012

        Only certain species of wood hold up well as a decking material. Cedar and redwood have a natural resistance to the elements. Pressure-treated decking is a soft wood that has been treated with chemicals to make it weather resistant. The arsenic that was used in the past is no longer used, but if you are looking for a chemical-free deck surface, avoid pressure-treated decking. There are alternatives, but the structure of most decks will be built with pressure-treated lumber.

        lilygahagan
        Lily Gahagan added this to Houzz Pets: 50 Design-Loving DogsOct 4, 2011

        This master of the house has found the perfect pedestal from which to survey the land. A simple, minimalist design makes it easy for him to jump up and explore.8 Backyard Ideas to Delight Your Dog

        becky
        Becky Harris added this to Inspirations: Landscape PhotographyApr 13, 2010

        Rectilinear deck and boxes, undulating wild plants, rectilinear agricultural fields.

        jgsdesigns
        Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture added this to Use a "Regionalistic Style" to Develop a Cohesive LandscapeJan 14, 2010

        Pattern from deck's quilted direction and raised beds are planted in crop rows mimicking the borrowed agricultural landscape in the distance. Beyond that native and "nativesque" plants mimic the dunes.

        What Houzzers are commenting on:

        rachel_niven
        rachel_niven added this to Outdoor areasMay 4, 2019

        Decking and planters: Only certain species of wood hold up well as a decking material. Use those with a natural resistance to the elements. Pressure-treated decking is a soft wood that has been treated with chemicals to make it weather resistant. The arsenic that was used in the past is no longer used, but if you are looking for a chemical-free deck surface, avoid pressure-treated decking. There are alternatives, but the structure of most decks will be built with pressure-treated timber.

        gloriagavin
        gloriagavin added this to landscapeApr 24, 2019

        love the grass or plants in the background and the colors overall

        momcathy
        momcathy added this to 000 Outdoor StuffApr 17, 2019

        Just a well done alternative to grass. It has different textures but I also like the well defined transitions. I think I like the tidiness.

        webuser_903991353
        Linda Smith added this to webuser_903991353's ideasMar 17, 2019

        note comments about chemically treated deck wood

        liz_tay
        Liz M added this to OutdoorsJan 23, 2019

        Planter boxes for growing veggies

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