Just a few shots of a small backyard project I've been working on....
The owner of this great home wanted a landscape that would compliment it, not compete with it. We've created an amazing conceptual plan with very strong modern influences.
The owner came to me to put together a Master Plan that he could implement in phases over the next few years. After seeing the initial design, I think he's ready to jump head first! If I had to guess, the front and backyard projects will probably be done by the end of the year.
Check out the the 3D drawings of the front and backyard areas. We're currently working on a budget analysis, hopefully we'll see some construction progress this spring or summer.
"The Point" Update
The Design Phase of this project is complete! As you can see below the final layout/design is a little different than the initial conceptual design previously posted. The biggest change is the location of the fire pit. Initially, I had located it away from the main patio area. I tend to do this because the smoke can cause some people to be uncomfortable. After long discussions, the property owners decided that the fire pit should be a more prominent feature. Ultimately, we ended up increasing the size of the patio in order to accommodate the fire pit.
You'll also notice that we eliminated the central set of steps. We were concerned about the safety of the existing trees and it also helped to reduce the overall budget. With a little bit of creative grading, access to the patio will now be from both ends.
I'm currently working with all the necessary contractors to get this project rolling. We've got Enviroscape lined up for the excavation, retaining wall, and final grading portions of the project. I'm working with Countrymark Log Homes on the construction of the pavilion. We're still working on bids for the concrete and masonry work. Construction is scheduled to start mid to late June.
We're looking forward to seeing this project come together. I'll post pictures as construction begins.
The Design-Build Myth
Okay...so it's not really a myth, but I would call it a misconception. Many of the landscape contractors that make up the Landscape Industry consider themselves Design/Build Companies. Meaning that the company offers "professional" design services as well as construction services. The line you typically hear is; "We have everything under one roof to make your experience easier!" I've personally worked for several Design/Build companies and actually still do as an independent designer. I'm here to say that going the design/build route is not always easier, it's a less efficient use of your budget, and the quality of the designs tend to be lower.
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In a world full of subdivided neighborhoods, this view is priceless. Any designer would love to work on a property such as this. A great view is something that will skyrocket a good project to a GREAT project. This is going to be a GREAT project!
"The Point" is a spot on the property where the owners love to entertain. Unfortunately, other than the view, this spot doesn't offer much. A couple picnic tables and makeshift fire pit. And while this has served them just fine, the property owners are ready to take their entertaining to the next level. That's where I come in...
The 3D rendering above is the first conceptual drawing of the new space. The wishlist includes: A covered area for cooking and dining, a fire pit area, a large flat space for entertaining crowds of 30 or more, and most importantly a layout that takes advantage of the views.
I'll continue to post updates on this project as we work toward a final design. The property owners hope to start construction in July of 2014.