Friday, February 7, 2014

Project Spotlight - Harris Ranch Residence

                This Harris Ranch Residence had a typical “builder special” landscape that did not match my client’s tastes.  My clients was looking for a more modern/contemporary feel with better circulation, additional patio area, privacy from the neighbors, an outdoor kitchen, hot tub and year round color and interest. We initially came up with 2 concept plans for the yard. 

Landscape Master Plan (2013)
Concept #1 – Key Points
·         Porch swing
·         Columnar tree rows
·         Concrete seat walls
·         Rectangular concrete stepping stones
·         Outdoor kitchen
·         Raised deck (level with threshold)
·         Concrete patio
·         Outdoor dining room
·         Large shade structure
·         Custom, solid screen fence with translucent windows
·         Hot tub
·         Outdoor fireplace
·         Freestanding water feature
·         Bald Cypress tree grove
·         Sauna

Concept #2 – Key Points
·         Outdoor Kitchen with bar
·         Dining area
·         Rill water feature
·         Lush plantings including fern garden
·         Sunken hot tub
·         Gas fire pit
·         Outdoor living room
·         Annual color pots
·         Tree alley

Here is a slideshow going over the main elements of the two concepts.

After presenting the 2 concepts to our client, they gravitated towards concept #1 with a few modifications.  The final concept was designed and approved and we moved on to construction drawings.
·         Materials Plan – to illustrate, note and detail all hardscape items like, patios, paths, walls…..
·         Planting Plan – to illustrate all plant material proposed for the project

The client was referred to us by LCG landscape, so we passed on our drawing to Tom at LCG for an estimate. With the larger scope of elements, this project was going to have to be phased in. The first phase was going to handle the main concrete patio, shade structure, outdoor kitchen, Alumawood Shade structure, Hot tub and screen fence. The second phase (future phase) would consist of the outdoor fireplace, water feature and additional screen plantings.

As with all new installations, especially one that is going to be phased in, I recommend patience, as the beds will look rather open at first, but with time the plants will mature and the yard will grow up!  A special thanks to Tom with LCG landscape, for making this project looks so good!.... it hard to believe that there is another phase to this project!!!


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