Steel Walls Contemporary Landscape, Seattle
Design By LaPatra Architects, Seattle
Inspiration for a contemporary hillside landscaping in Seattle. — Houzz
Related Professionals in Seattle
This photo has 3 questions
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Sheila Schmitz added this to
10. Mix up the materials. In a sloping garden, the materials you use to terrace the incline can be as eye catching as the plantings. Here steel backs plant beds while boulders add visual depth. Discuss your sloped yard ideas with a landscape designer
Carol Bucknell Garden Design added this to
6. Assess levels. Sloping areas should be noted on the site survey. It’s important to take these into account when planning outdoor living spaces, as seats and tables need a level platform. If your site does have a slope, you’ll have to build retaining walls to create flat areas. Unless you’re really handy, it pays to get professional advice on this. When moving soil around, think about where you could relocate it on the site rather than paying to have it removed.Retaining walls also might be a good option if your site slopes down away from the house; otherwise, the garden will be shady. For areas such as garden beds, rather than creating large, flat areas with expensive earthworks, try to follow the natural contours of your site as much as possible and use low terracing, which is not difficult to build yourself. Tip: Clever planting also can go a long way to disguise sloping terrain.
Lauren Dunec Design added this to
6. Mixed materials. Sheets of Cor-Ten steel interspersed with large boulders create a one-of-a-kind retaining wall design that almost visually reads as an optical illusion. It’s as if the boulders have been dropped into a sheet of pliable metal, or that the metal has formed around them. The boulders do more than just look cool — they also help anchor the wall in place, pinning down the sheets of steel.