Tag : how-to-make-amazing-outbuildings
Tag : how-to-make-amazing-outbuildings
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.