What do you do when you have got some very good elements in a crowded back yard — factors you are fine with keeping — but you nevertheless want to open it up with out tearing everything out? You call experts like Huettl Landscape Architecture to balance the old and the new, as they did with this back yard in Danville, California. Maintaining existing pool decking, they added flagstone terraces and some new masonry walls this delineated back yard “rooms” that both open up the space and give differentiation when it is wanted. Notice the nice touch of retaining walls in front of a wide lawn, fronted by cedar benches, shaded by luxuriant bushes and surrounded by low plantings to give color and visual interest further seating comes from each ornate wrought iron and exciting wicker-effect chairs and tables.
And those are not just plain new walls, either: exactly where there might be a type of unrelieved stone effect, Huettl inserted a nifty water function, a 5 mini-cascade fountain and modest pond, enclosed in gray brick and hosting a bit of native grass at the finish. Colorful grasses accent beds subsequent to the pool deck, the lowest level of 3 terraced levels in an arrangement that allows for effortless “flow” no matter the size of the group. One more good touch: exactly where there’s a mature tree, there’s no sense tearing it out for the sake of installing new wood decking…so the designers didn’t force the concern. They merely cut a modest asymmetrical opening in the wood deck, thereby preserving a healthy tree and its equally welcome shade. It’s all element of clever design and visual expansion that performs, literally, on much more levels than 1!