How can you increase on a setting that is currently darned great? In the case of the Stewart residence, which boasted an existing slate terrace in a cozy back yard, Huettl Landscape Architecture answers that query beautifully! That terrace, currently in location amongst native oaks, was retrofitted with an element that’s a great crowd-pleaser: water. Among big, generously proportioned square stepping stones, the water ponds and flows surrounded by “waterfalls” of native grasses that flow gently in the breeze alongside the shimmering surface. From a terraced wall (concrete that looks like stone!), a gentle cascade spills down, offering a soothing, relaxing backdrop for the patio’s lounging and entertaining areas — and the colour palette is as tranquil as the water itself, drawing on purple, blue, and gentle pastel yellow.
Banked by unobtrusive retaining walls, this inviting space is secluded by lush greenery and rock structures that add visual interest as effectively as a sensible accent for the sloping terrain. At various points on the patio, concrete benches repeat the intriguing stone-like pattern of the hand-layered concrete basin, and the water trickles gracefully more than 2 levels with a cooling ambience that can not be beat. But there’s no sense generating an irresistible water feature if individuals cannot dip a toe in after in a while…which implies the water wants to be kept clean sufficient for wading when the temperature rises. That dilemma is solved by a filtration system and UV sterilizer that way, those darling tiny girls don’t have to hang back from the very best component of water — the fun of a great splash!