Friday, October 23, 2015

Harris Ranch Residence

This East Boise residence involved the rethinking of a combination side yard/courtyard space that had been previously used (and overused) by the owners’ dogs. According to Landscape Architect Chuck B. Edwards, “The dogs had all but eaten the trees.”
Belgard Patio Pavers | Central Fire Pit | Annual Color Pots
New landscape concepts aimed to maximize the livability of this long narrow space, and create an inviting outdoor room for people and pets that would be functionally dog-proof. The plans featured a contemporary aesthetic in terms of materials and site furnishings, and included concrete pavers, raised planters and a central fire pit. A custom fabricated screen buffered the proximity of the neighboring residence by adding artistic interest, and interplay of layers to create depth and shadow, especially when illuminated. Natural-wood fencing provided textural interest and warmth, as well as screening for the trash can area.
Fire Pit | Custom Screen
Natural Wood Screen
Plant materials were shade-loving, with an emphasis on foliage interest, as opposed to blooms.
For non-hardscape areas, synthetic turf provided a more durable play area for the canines.  Versions of this product have seen a vast increase in quality as well as a ‘reality factor’ in recent years.  Not only does synthetic turf now provide a friendly feel underfoot, some products offer subtle color variation and even a thatch layer that helps it appear more natural. With careful attention to subsurface materials and drainage, the turf is permeable and easily cleaned—in short, an ideal product for pet-heavy areas like small yards, dog parks, and dog runs.
Synthetic Turf

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