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They are particularly important as handholds in periods of inclement weather and as we age. They can help lead a visitor physically and
visually into a landscape, or can seem to disappear to allow us to appreciate the view beyond.
Railings can complement adjacent gardens. When painted a similar color to the house body or trim, they extend its presence into the landscape. When stained a natural color, they tend to blend in more with their surroundings.
right • This wooden railing meets the building code while allowing a view of the landscape beyond.
This handsome painted handrail is angled so that one can easily slide a hand along it down the long flight of stairs. With stairs, steps, or other level changes, the design of the handrails should follow the slope at a consistent height from the ground or staircase. The vertical rhythm of the railing contrasts with the horizontal lines of the stone wall and stairs beyond. This creates a sense of cohesion between the different materials, without too much repetition.
below • These stainless steel railings seem to disappear into the landscape. Contemporary cable systems have changed the way we enjoy our decks.
Railings often are designed with a pattern or repeating rhythm that can be a strong element in the landscape. When surrounding a deck, many railings interrupt our view of the world beyond. However, new stainless steel or cable systems provide enclosure while seeming to disappear from view. Always check local building codes to learn the particular conditions height, opening size, and materials for which a railing can be installed.
right • A painted wooden handrail helps people navigate this angular walk down the stairs. A closet pole or dowel attached on the inside offers a handhold along the way and gives the clematis vine a little more room to grow.
Fences have distinct personalities of their own, whether they are mainly functional or more decorative. When a property needs a fence, it can be an opportunity to make it a feature something special in the landscape.
An open patterned fence is often used when separation is needed but privacy is not. Picket and split rail fences are light and delicate. Solid fences provide privacy and security. These no-nonsense enclosures don’t need to be plain; there are many materials, colors, patterns, and finish details for added interest.
Fences often emphasize straight lines vertically and horizontally in the landscape. Yet a fence needs to address the slope of the ground. Sections of fencing can either step up or down or slope to follow the grade.
Following a curve, like along a road, the sections can zigzag perpendicular to each other, for a crisp look. Fences with curved sections must be custom designed, and they add a tailored look to any landscape.
Patterns in fences vary, from the spindles of a wrought-iron fence to the tops of pickets to the toppers of stockade fences. Lattice, cutouts, or custom patterning in the topmost section of a fence can bring a decorative element to a landscape. A good rule is to have the top pattern be no more than one-third of the overall height of the fence
above • Add some bright colors to a simple pine board fence and you create an exuberant backyard that draws you outside while providing privacy from neighbors’ eyes.
left • This board fence moves down the slope in repeating steps, while the location of the decorative Chinese-style panel stays the same.
right • Wooden fencing steps up a sloping sidewalk in regular increments. Each panel is protected by a small roof over an openwork topper. Spacers between the boards allow air to circulate into the garden. A handsome gate, halfway up the hill announces the entry.
First of all you can add a living layer to your fence by planting a vine nearby that can twine its way across it. Also grape and hops vines are vigorous growers, as are flowering favorites like clematis, trumpet vines, and wisteria. When you plant climbers on a solid board fence, you’ll need to provide small nails or screws for twining; on an openwork screen, the vines will usually weave through openings on their own.
Another way to veil a tall fence is to plant an espalier often a fruit tree that’s been trained to a flat plane in front of it.
right • This fence, made of woven steel, emphasizes the horizontal and provides structure for climbing vines.
above • Grapevine, a vigorous grower, tendrils up this slatted fence. The crisp white posts bring a clean contrast to the 3-in. boards set ½ in.
Finally This espaliered tree is composed of different apple stock grafted onto a main stem. Over time, each branch can be trained to grow along the wooden fence, bringing beauty and delight to its owner.
This riverfront property in New York’s Thousand Islands had a complicated grade, and bedrock underneath the entire property limited the capacity to grow deep-rooted plants, frankly slope make problems.
Landscape architect Mariane Wheatley-Miller created a series of seven linked terraces leading from the house down to the water and boathouse.
Handbuilt walls and stair facings were made of local stone, and bluestone pavers were used for the patios and steps.
We choosing Plant material carefully for its hardiness, as well as its billowing and softening effect on the stone hardscape.
right • Climbing and clinging vines soften the stone walls throughout the property.
above • Wisteria vine shad This dining area under a large scale arbor.
A stately line of river birches (Betula nigra ‘Heritage’) mirrors the arbor’s supports.
above • softly curving retaining wall forms one of the terraces that turns this steep slope into usable living space.
Shed are little houses that serve a needed function in our backyard landscapes. Tool sheds, chicken houses, gazebos, meditation huts, even an outdoor workroom are
all typical uses of a shed. Often designed to be a mini-version of the larger residence, a shed can be located near the main house or at a remote corner of the property. When that happens, it functions as an eye-catcher as well as a destination that draws people into the landscape.
right • Linked to the main house by a shade structure, this tiny shed might function as a tool shed, a writer’s cottage, or a changing room. The rocking chair, hammock, and dining set all suggest that it’s a home away from home.
bottom right • A hidden door in a fence is the only giveaway that there’s a utility shed behind it. We all possess things to store outside but rarely do it so elegantly.
above top • Climbing hydrangea vine has overtaken this tool shed, showing the horticultural bias of its owner.
above bottom • This little shed was designed to be a mini version of its parent the main house. Sheds and little houses look best when something, whether trim or body color, roof pitch, or detailing, relates back to a larger structure nearby.
top right • A classical Greek garden house is an eyecatcher with columns, pediment, and windows; an elegant focal point in the middle of this veget
able garden of raised beds.
bottom right • Some people live or work in their sheds. This Japanesque structure, set in a forest, could function as a summer pavilion, meditation hut, or picnic destination.
As our globe continues to heat up and more and more people face drought conditions, regulating the light overhead in our open-air rooms is vital to our comfort while outdoors and to our overall enjoyment of nature.
For one thing, creating a “ceiling” for our outdoor rooms limits and defines the vast space above and creates a sense of intimacy below.
Retractable awnings allow homeowners to protect what’s beneath from the sun and when necessary from the rain; openwork pergolas baffle and break up the sun’s rays, while letting weather and cooling breezes through. Practical issues aside, there are plenty of aesthetic reasons to use overhead enclosures. Handsome patterns of dappled light are cast upon the furniture and floor below; when combined with leafy climbing vines, an overhead garden or orchard is created. Place your dining table underneath a grape arbor, and pluck away.
right • Although this pergola sits high above the tile-topped table, the close spacing of the boards overhead helps cast a deep shade over the whole.
bottom right • A shade structure can be made into a weather-resistant outdoor room by placing translucent fiberglass panels overhead.
below • Without this pergola made of cedar poles that rest atop stone piers, this high-walled outdoor room would be too hot for sitting.
This northern California landscape represents innovative design on a realistic budget. The owner wanted clean, simple lines in keeping with the modern Asian-inspired design of his remodeled ranch home. Landscape designer Patricia St. John created a sustainable, elegant retreat perfect for the client’s aesthetic sensibilities and love of entertaining. Creatively recycling materials from the existing deck, she flipped over boards to build a smaller deck, stained a warm, rich hue.
The concrete patio was sawn into strips and laid out in a geometric design of raked sand, black La Paz rock, and decorative stone mulch. Nylon “sails” overhead provide shade with dramatic flair, at a minimal cost.
At the back of the property, framed openings were cut in the back fence to provide a view of the creek beyond and to visually expand the space. Grasses were a natural choice as plant material: elegant, low-maintenance, and drought-tolerant.
top right • Strung from the posts of an old arbor, the “sails” can be retracted when more sun is wanted or when the portable firepit is in use. The steps are recycled rafters from the arbor.
bottom right • The open design is highly conducive to entertaining; the interior designer put wheels on the dining room table so that it could be moved outside for al fresco dining. The fence openings have 3-in. x 3-in.
wire inset for security while allowing views of the creek and vegetation beyond the yard.
A thirsty, high-maintenance lawn was eliminated, replaced by a geometric design of concrete, sand, and stone, punctuated by ceramic balls and plantings of cape rushes (Chondropetalum tectorum), Berkeley sedge (Carex divulsa), and other grasses.
Much like a porch, a deck is a floored structure that adjoins a house, but without the overhead protection of a roof. Because they perch on top of or at the edge of a landscape, decks can seem to float on high, perfect for basking in the sun or relaxing under the stars. Some decks sit on supporting posts; others cantilever beyond. When designed thoughtfully, railings not only protect people from falling over the edge but also enable viewers to see through to the landscape below. Make sure to adhere to local building codes as you design your railing. Standard heights, spacing, and diameters of openings create a belt of safety around your deck.
right • Stainless steel cables strung between supporting posts enable loungers to view the landscape beyond.
below • Roof decks bring us right up under the sky. Here, a fireplace provides warmth and a dancing focal point.
below • Thick stacked-stone piers provide a stable base for this cantilevered deck, in stark contrast with the thin stainless steel railings and staircase.
On this deep, narrow lot in New Haven, Conn., multiple utilitarian functions are achieved in a carefully planned design. The pergola-shaded deck, located just off the kitchen, offers space for outdoor dining and entertaining. Privacy—and air flow—are maintained by the inclusion of a high slatted fence that abuts deck and house, and a stainless steel cable fence enables diners to look into the sunny patio and garden four steps below. The backyard contains a shade garden under a mature tree and raised vegetable beds tucked behind the garage. This small back yard, designed by AKV Architects, uses every square inch to turn a once-derelict space into an urban oasis.
above • Aluminum dining chairs and table nestle into the corner of the wooden deck. Slender white columns not only provide structural support for the pergola overhead, but also act as fence posts for the high slatted privacy fence on the property line.
right • While the house hasn’t changed much, the backyard has. An unpainted wooden pergola supported grapevines, but no back door provided access to get there.
below • A high horizontally slatted wooden fence brings both security and privacy to this urban backyard. To the left of the deck, a door replaces a window, making the flow between inside and out smooth and efficient.
A patio is an outdoor living space that sits directly on the ground. Often built adjacent to a house or other structure, a patio is usually made of some kind of paving material that makes a clean and level surface underfoot, allowing for easy movement of furniture and people. in addition Patios are defined as paved areas that adjoin a building, but they also include mosaic-filled courtyards at the center of a complex of buildings. Favored by southern climates as a means to regulate sun and shade throughout the day, these courtyards bring light and air and offer a realm of quiet solitude for their users.
right • Gravel works well as a patio surface, particularly when used on a rooftop as an inexpensive solution to drainage and weight issues.
Categories: Open Air-Rooms
While an outdoor room can be just about anywhere on your property, the most traditional is an attached porch. As a part of the house itself, a porch usually sits under an extension of the roof and is well protected from the elements. It abuts at least one wall of the house and is often built at the same floor level as inside, so it’s easy to transition in and out.
A porch can sit on the front, side, or back of the house, be narrow or wide, and be open or screened to keep out insects. This is the place where you can really live in the out-of-doors, where comfortable wicker or teak furniture with overstuffed pillows draws you out to a cool shady spot.
Unless protected by an awning or shade structure, a deck or patio sits out under the sky. Constructed of wood, steel, or recycled materials, a deck is an extension of the house that can be built on top of a roof, to the side of a building, or even on the ground as a low platform. A patio is usually a level piece of ground on which a paved surface sits. It can extend the inside of a house out into the landscape as a large area for seating or act like a floating island in the midst of plantings or lawn. Paving options are plentiful.
left • A roofed deck adds expansive living and dining space outside the walls of this house. Hinged panels of glass open wide to let in light and air, making for an easy passage between inside and out.
below • Floor-to-ceiling screened frames open up views from porch to garden, just like a Japanese screen.
Open-air rooms can also be constructed around swimming pools, hot tubs, and even outdoor showers anywhere water can be enjoyed. A hard surface underfoot usually helps to keep wet feet from tracking dirt or grass clippings everywhere. But sometimes you might prefer an outdoor room with a verdant soft carpet underfoot a well-clipped lawn or mossy glade offers a spot for picnicking or leisurely lounging on the grass. These days, sheds are used for tool and garden equipment storage, animal shelter, or even as a get-away space for work or for play. These mini-houses, when well designed, draw the eye and the foot, attracting children and the child in all of us to snuggle in for awhile.
A porch feels simultaneously like a part of the house and a part of the landscape: a place perched somewhere in between. You can entertain, dine, and even sleep out on a porch, feeling close to the elements while in a protected place.
Because most porches are not closed-in structures that are built to keep out all kinds of weather, materials need to be weather-resistant, thoughtfully detailed and built to last.
Since rain and snow can accumulate on its roof, a porch needs to adhere to appropriate moisture-proofing, flashing, and guttering standards to keep water where it belongs: outside the structure.
Rain chains and gutters can deposit water into rain gardens, but choosing local hardwoods like cedar or exotic woods like ipé and finishing them with a moisture-proof stain will help maintain the structure, no matter the weather event.
Caulking joints to keep water from getting inside any structure is imperative in an indoor/outdoor environment.
Similarly, you need to think about moisture issues as you choose your porch flooring. Mortared stone or brick works well outside, as does stained concrete. Wood finished with either a clear stain or a deck paint can hold up under rigorous weather conditions; with proper maintenance you’ll enjoy your porch for years to come.
right • This colorfully painted porch is a true open-air room: It’s built into the structure of the house with only some posts and a railing separating it from the garden level below.
right • Where to put the grill? Two steps bring you down to the outdoor kitchen where the griller can talk with guests while attending to the tasks at hand.
below • The girth of these columns and the maturity of the plantings create the that you’re inside a giant terrarium.
On a hot summer’s day, who wouldn’t love curling up with a good book and a cold beverage on an old settee in a screened porch with an overhead fan moving the air around, just right, protected from the elements and marauding insects as you look out onto your landscape through a shimmering screen.
It’s hard to imagine a more relaxing scenario. A well-designed screened porch can serve as protected outdoor dining, living, and play space, or even as a sleeping room.
With a solid roof overhead, either floor-to-ceiling screens or screens over well-caulked half-walls, and stone or wood flooring underfoot (important tip: make sure to screen the space between the floorboards to keep the mosquitoes out), a screened porch lets you live in the out-of-doors from late spring through early fall.
top right • People with screened porches often move in for the summer. Being so close to nature while the weather’s good is like camping, except with a full kitchen and other amenities close at hand.
bottom right • Supporting posts help to frame distant views, breaking the landscape into parts the way a delicate folding screen does. The stone floor is an extension of the patio outside the screens.
below • So many places to sit, so little time! Depending on the season, you can dine outside beneath the pergola or lounge inside the screened porch.
Categories: Open Air-Rooms
In order for a garden to work well, it has to work as one whole unit. If you remember back to our very first design principle, Shape, we discussed the importance of viewing the garden as a whole entity.
This is critical for any design. Just because you have existing elements in your garden doesn’t mean they should be in any way separate from the changes you make as the garden develops. Survey the garden and draw up a scale plan.
When you have everything plotted onto paper and can see an aerial view for garden, look at the empty spaces. So, are there clearly defined spaces, or an irregular smattering of plants and features dotted about? If you have lots of things dotted about without much clarity, as a result you have half the answer. What you need to do is to work out how to bring clarity and balance into the garden.
If that isn’t the case, try to detach from what is there now. Don’t think about all your favourite plants in the border on the right hand side . Be objective – is what is there on the paper working? And if not, why not? You need to be honest with yourself first, then work out what you can do.
in addition if you are totally against moving something, that’s fine. Just because something isn’t working, doesn’t necessarily mean you have to move it; re-shaping and linking into other features often works well. There are occasions when something simply is in the wrong place. Then it comes down to a judgement call; can and do you want to live with whatever the ‘it’ is that’s in the wrong place? The example shown below is a simple makeover.
The patio and main shrub borders have stayed in place. The lawn has been shaped and has a brick edge to define the shape. One shrub border has been trimmed back a bit on the right hand side.
A few stepping-stones link the patio to the newly shaped lawn and a bench has been added as a focal point in front of the large shrub border on the top left.
At a later date, the patio could be re-done and perhaps a semi-circle shape could be cut into the lawn to add more interest and shape. But for a makeover, which has only involved reshaping the lawn and removing a few shrubs, also adding some features, it’s totally transformed the look and feel of the garden.
It really can be as simple as re-shaping your lawn and borders that can create a dramatic improvement to how your garden looks. It’s easy to underestimate just how important shaping the space is, it really does account for 60% of garden design success, if not more. The modern courtyard garden plan below shows how simple box shapes have created the design.
Finally the plants go in the areas that are left either side of the boxes. In this garden, added interest, is created by making the left-over shapes raised planters.
Categories: front yard landscaping
There is truly no place like home. It is where the essence of our life is nurtured and grown. Every part of a home therefore is special to us. Everything right from the tallest of roofs to the smallest of bricks is equally important.
Why then should we compromise on the way our front yard looks? Why should we not have a beautiful front yard built using some really good front yard landscaping ideas? Why cannot we have a front yard that should be the pride of not only our home but also our neighborhood or colony?
The advantages of well designed, neat front yards
For one, it makes the house looks better. Not only does 45% of the exterior look and design of a house come from the way its front yard looks; a good front yard makes the house’s feel much better. Our front yard landscaping ideas aim to do just that. Also, surveys have stated that almost 33% of homes with unkempt, untidy front yards put guests off. This means that a bad front yard is not only trouble for you; it is trouble for those who come in to visit you. A front yard designed based on good front yard landscaping ideas is also a plus for all business companies and organizations. A bad front yard, unlike a bad backyard is much more dangerous. It spoils even a very well-designed, good looking building and turns clients away psychologically.
Front yard landscaping ideas can turn things around. If you have a front yard that’s been uncared for or if you plan on changing it, all you need to do is contact us. We will make sure that your front yard will soon be the benchmark against which all yards are compared.
Front yard design ideas – doing what we do best
We would like to make our intentions clear. Firstly, we are not providing front yard landscaping ideas for money or profit. The importance of a well-kept front yard or the satisfaction that owners get when they see their own front yard looking beautiful and comforting is music to our ears. We specialize in remodeling the front yard.
This means that if you have finally decided to get rid of the old look and build a completely new front yard that will give new life to your home, we are the people you need to contact. Our front yard landscaping ideas coupled with our excellent faculty will in no time turn your old, rusty yard into a yard so amazing, people will want to come and live on it. No matter what the size, no matter what its location, all you need to do is contact us. We will bring in the front yard revolution for you with our amazing front yard landscaping ideas.
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Remember, any home deserves a good piece of land to compliment it. And with our front yard landscaping ideas, you can be assured of getting only the best.
Categories: front yard landscaping
Front yard provides an entrance to your home and creates curb appeal. You can easily express yourself and your home in a decent manner with the help of front yard landscaping. If you want to make an impression of a warm welcome, you should have an attractive front yard landscaping. One should feel comfortable while entering your home.
The front yard of your house makes the first impression about you. There should be colorful flowers in your garden of the front yard. These flowers can be lined along a sidewalk or the path to your door on the porch. Flowers planted in nice beds around your front door are sure to be a pleasure to any first time visitor.
Your front yard should be properly bordered with shrubs and trees. Shrubs play an important role to make things look neat and organized. However a proper care is required to maintain the shrubs. You can consider using fruit trees or dogwood trees also in your front yard which may spread sweet and pleasant fragrance for you and visitors.
Porches are considered important place by many people. How the front porch can be made beautiful depends upon its dimension. Benches and tables may be used to create an inevitable and warm look and to add comfort. For making look of porch more charming ,you can consider plants and flowers to add colors and depth to your front porch. In most gardens, a climbing path is made so as to make a railing or arch way.
Your sidewalks or paths must be kept neat and clean and well maintained. In most homes, the sidewalks made of concrete or other kind of decorative stones or rock are considered the best. You can make it central point of your front yard. A little pond in front yard can be a peaceful addition to your paths or you can plan a fountain with some bricks or stones as borders around to have a classic appearance.
In nutshell, a sincere advice for landscaping the front-yard of your house is to always keep it uncomplicated. It should not look like a tropical forest or that it makes visitors feel like they are confused to search for your front door. It doesn’t matter what design you select for your yard, just make sure you keep it neat and in hygienic condition so that you are pleased every time you walk on the path to your front door.
Categories: Front yard landscaping ideas