An outdoor path comes in one of two categories: 1) a directional tool to move people to a destination as efficiently as possible, or 2) a device that allows people to engage the senses as they meander toward a destination at a leisurely pace.
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If you’ve installed a garden pond and it’s looking a bit barren, it’s time to add some plants. Tuck them in between the rocks or edgings, install a swath of plants to create an edging or even plant a tree or two to cast a reflection on the water.
This large group of undemanding, water-wise plants offers pretty and practical answers to your gardening dilemmas
Fall is one of the most pleasant months to spend in the garden, and it’s the perfect time to prepare it for the cold months ahead.
‘Untouched for decades, this steep site in Northridge, a suburb of Sydney, had an unusable sloping lawn with an unfortunate view of the family's carport. This outdoor area had little usable space, with the exception of a small paved area surrounded by a rock retaining wall.
Traditionally, the practice for managing rainfall in landscapes has been to move it out as quickly and efficiently as possible. Though it moves the water quickly out of our yards,that approach has negatively affected our water quality by creating more flooding downstream and eliminating the natural cleansing process that happens when water passes through soil.
Travertine was once considered a luxury paving material. Recently, however, travertine has dramatically dropped in price to become one of the most common paving types on pool decks and in warm climates. Travertine stays cool to the touch even in the hottest weather, which makes it feel great on bare feet.
Our gardens can be our best teachers. We learn about ourselves and our world from them. Our only prerequisite for this course is our ability to open our senses to the wealth of sights, aromas, textures and sounds that gently engulf us.
The decking and coping around your pool are a major component in the design of your overall outdoor living space. We spoke to top manufacturers to get the details on some new and innovative options. Photo courtesy of Florim USA
Learn which water features are more conscious of conservation, along with strategies for placement and use Hufft Projects, original photo on Houzz
A lot of people have a pool for the purpose of spending time with guests, friends, and family. These areas are great for social activities as well as a place for some quiet relaxation time. The area around the pool is just as important as the pool itself. Here are some tips for making your deck and outdoor living space look great.
Move over, white picket. Create a head-turning focal point or complement the architecture of a contemporary home with a garden fence made with an of-the-moment material. From brightly colored acrylic and luminous glass fences to chunky rock gabion walls, there’s a building material to suit every landscape style and desired level of privacy.
For those of us lucky enough to have our own garden or patio, it can be quite exhausting keeping up with all the maintenance. Your outdoor space is an area that is on show, so it’s vital that you have an area that you can enjoy and are proud of.
I often dream of having a pool of our own, but for now I can just dream and plan the landscaping of my imaginary pool. If you're doing the same, here are 7 elements of great poolside design to consider: Find the Perfect Pavers, Stone and Concrete for Your Landscape
The front lawn is the first thing guests see when approaching your house. If you’re lucky to own one you shouldn’t neglect it. Show it off to the world by opting for one of these landscaping ideas. Go suburban
The garden is a great place to relax on a sunny day.
Rustic landscaping is one of those things that is notoriously hard to get right. On the one hand, you want your home to look authentic, and you want to include motifs that will evoke times gone by. But, on the other hand, you don’t want your home to look past it’s best.
Outdoor spaces are areas that can provide homeowners with peace and tranquility. These places can make a stressful day nicer and gives you somewhere to go where you can still be private. A lot of people have ideas for their dream garden, but will never actually complete it.
The most common request that I, as a garden designer, receive from clients is for a low-maintenance garden. While I may be quick to point out that no garden is no-maintenance, there are indeed some strategies for cutting down on garden chores. Here are 12 ideas to set up your garden to spend less time weeding, mowing and mulching, and more time enjoying the space itself.
Simply put, a rain garden is a sunken planting bed. Rain gardens are great home projects because they appeal to both our practical and idealogical selves. They benefit local wildlife and water bodies while also helping to improve drainage on properties.
It doesn't matter how much you like gardening; there are some things that will wither your enthusiasm. They include - but are of course not limited to - the following horror shows:
Gardeners know digging, planting, harvesting and even viewing a garden is good for the mind, body and spirit. It improves strength and flexibility, lowers blood pressure and elevates our mood. And this is true for all members of the family from the very young to the more seasoned.
Photo from Longfield-Gardens.com Plan now for a memorable grand finale in this year’s garden. Dahlias are spring-planted bulbs with big, colorful flowers that bloom continuously from midsummer to the first fall frost.
We would all love to boast about having the best garden in the neighborhood, but unfortunately getting one isn’t as simple as talking about it. It takes serious dedication and hard work to have an amazing garden. If you’re not planning on hiring a landscape gardener to design it and create it all for you, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have an amazing garden.
Today's advancements in pool patio materials have eliminated the plain concrete patios so many of us grew up with. Now, a pool patio can dramatically improve your home's landscape design. The choices are endless, but I've covered some of my favorites here. Each has pros and cons, so talk with your contractor or pool designer beforehand so you know what works best for your backyard.
Who doesn’t love looking at their lush green landscaping every morning? Come rain or shine, surely it’s always a complete pleasure. Next door, the neighbours are jealous. They are wondering how it’s kept so green. Here’s a few tips on how you can continue surprising people.
Firescaping incorporates the design of the landscape and property surrounding a home to lessen its susceptibility to fire. This can be achieved through a well-thought-out landscape design plan that specifies less combustible plants, incorporates fire-resistant materials and follows the advice and guidelines determined by fire-safe organizations.
Water in the garden is magical; even more so when it's adjacent to the house, requiring us to cross it to reach the front door. Maybe the magic comes from childhood stories of castles and moats, but moats certainly don't exist only in castles.
A glass-edge infinity rooftop pool designed by Choeff Levy Fischman has unparalleled views of Biscayne Bay and Downtown Miami – even when you’re underwater. Photo by Lifestyle Production Group
It’s always good to be able to spend time outside in your garden. However, if your back yard is overlooked, your neighbors are never far from your mind. Especially if you have little ones living with you. But there are some ways you can have some privacy in your yard. Here are some small changes to make your garden a private haven.
With a deck, the flow of living doesn’t have to be interrupted when you reach the door. The transition outside can be seamless, and the party never has to pause. These recent most popular decks on Houzz, which include platform, raised and cantilevered outdoor structures, reveal just that.
I was recently meeting with clients to discuss a rear yard landscape plan, and their 7-year-old son was sitting in. To keep him busy, they cued up Houzz on their iPad and let the boy’s imagination run wild through a photo search. What was he looking at? Pool slides, of course.
While most pools are designed to create a certain theme, such as tropical, modern, or classic, your pool doesn’t have to be limited to one kind of look or purpose. With the right pool features, control settings, lighting, and some creativity, your pool can go from family fun to chic and sophisticated with the flip of a switch.
A couple of busy San Francisco design professionals wanted a weekend getaway that embraced everything that makes the Napa Valley wine country lifestyle so relaxing. A complete remodel of their home and yard means that when they turn into their driveway, they enter a private oasis that starts just beyond the sidewalk.
Traditional water features only scratch the surface of what water can do in the landscape. It is the elixir of life for plants, and it sculpts rock and soil into the wondrous patterns that inspire our designs. It also sculpts our moods and soothes our emotions.
There’s something magical about moving water and its ability to influence our emotions and moods, from the joyful leaping water of a fountain, to the exciting rush of a waterfall, to the relaxing lull of a babbling brook. And when moving water is harnessed in a poolscape, the results are no less interesting and dramatic.
Concrete is a versatile material that can be colored, polished, stained, even stamped with patterns. It can be seeded with colorful rocks or glass and polished to appear as terrazzo. These techniques can even be combined to create a one-of-a-kind pool deck.
It’s important to choose the right mosaic mounting system for the project. The three common options include mesh (back) mounted, plastic film (face) mounted, and paper (face) mounted. The paper face system is the only one that affords 100 percent contact with the setting material while allowing total creative freedom for refined mosaic work.
Considerations when selecting tiles for pool designs include tile size and dimensional ratios. Large format glass tiles have been known to fracture along the waterline as a result of thermal shock. Long rectangular shapes can be less stable at the center of the tile, prone to fracturing especially if installation methods are substandard.
Imagine a quiet afternoon of poolside relaxation. As calmness settles on the water’s surface, thousands of jewel-like mosaics glisten from below, adding to the setting’s tranquility. That is what glass tile does: each piece transforms the pool into a matchless display of serene elegance and elevates the setting to the pinnacle of luxury.
Regardless of your budget or tastes, the pool’s structural engineer will dictate which deck materials are acceptable for your yard. Many sites and soil conditions require the collection of surface water to prevent soil movement or the swelling of expansive soils that can lead to structural damage, heaved decks, or site instability.
A custom water fountain can dramatically enhance the visual appeal of your home and landscape. Placed in a courtyard garden, at your home’s front entrance, on the backyard terrace, or incorporated into your luxury pool, a fountain adds a captivating focal point that engages the senses with the soothing sound and sight of its cascade.
The area around your swimming pool is one of the most important parts of your poolscape. Not only is it where everyone congregates while poolside, it also plays a key role in defining your pool’s personality and style.
Open to the sky but enclosed for privacy, a courtyard garden provides a peaceful, secluded spot in your outdoor room for quiet relaxation, intimate conversation, or private dining.