Pitched against Boulder’s Flatirons, this residence is seated on the edge of open space, entertaining a steady stream of wildlife visitors. Instead of fencing them out, we designed these gardens to support and exist alongside the native fauna. Plants that are deer-resistant and pollinator-friendly are able to support local biodiversity while making the garden both an inviting and enchanted space.
The hardscapes at this Boulder country estate had fallen into disrepair. After coordinating with other contractors, we brought together the outdoor living space by adding the finishing touches on the pool, laying the pool deck, building the stone walls and iron fence and creating the grand the fireplace. The finished product is an elegant and classy space perfect for summer relaxation or an autumn evening fire.
One of the best parts of our work is the process understanding our client’s vision for their space and turning it into reality. These wonderful homeowners wanted the tranquility of falling water in their backyard while maintaining a modern aesthetic that reflected the design and architecture of their home. They wanted patios for entertaining and hosting as well as a welcoming place for their children to play. These stone patios and granite boulder retaining walls bring a timeless and rooted feel to the space while their muted hues lend themselves to an understated elegance.
Visions of Japanese zen gardens were in the back of our client’s minds when we met with them about their front yard. While not an everyday request, designing zen-style gardens is not out of the question. With our climate’s extremes of hot, cold and dry finding the right plants can be a challenge. These gardens rely on the contrast between void and form. Pathways flow through the heart of the garden, designed to create vantage points and give the sojourner a window through which to glimpse beauty. A singing brook bubbles from an outcropping of massive river boulders, winding its way beneath a stone bridge, ending in a shallow pool.
Charged with the task of re-creating a failed, cascading stone river and falls, extensive dressed-stone retaining walls and another stone pool and falls, the Kelly residence was not a trivial project. It seems that to rebuild something is always more challenging than to build it from scratch. Salvaging bits and pieces from the old walls and river and combining them with new material, we were faced with the challenge of blending our work with that of the old, intact walls. Our task of restoring the river and walls was accomplished and the call of beauty from the distant mountains was answered.
Grace and beauty mingle in this garden as the curved lines of the Fibonacci sequence pull and accentuate one another throughout this design. The underlying rhythm of this garden is based on a mathematical ratio, giving a sense of unity and order to each part. With a mixture of black granite boulders and gray stone patios, the plantings in this garden fill the bold form with delicate beauty. These special clients had a daring vision for their yard: remove nearly all of their expansive Kentucky Bluegrass lawn and replace it with spaces which would be more useful, beautiful, and enjoyable. Fire, water, patios, a zip-line and ninja-line, all lay in the midst of this beautiful family garden.
On a windy ridge looking out onto the Front Range, this property boasts exceptional views, however the need for defined spaces always exists. Constructing mounds on each side of a long driveway, we planted them with trees, grasses, shrubs and perennials to frame the home as well as the mountains. Spatial definition is always a balance between entrapment and exposure. While neither of those are comfortable, well defined boundaries allow us to feel both free and safe.
Astride Rabbit Mountain, this garden presented the opportunity to blend home and outdoor spaces with the wild surroundings of the open and rugged beauty of the Rocky Mountain foothills. We used natural materials local to the site and designed the plants of the garden to echo the landscape of the mountainside. We also wanted to incorporate extravagant colors that would take the scorching sun and reflect its high intensity in both bright and cool hues. We were able to capture a piece of each sunset in the back lighting of the native shrub Fallugia paradoxa Apache Plume. The vibrancy the plants of this landscape reflect the beauty of appropriate plants in an equally appropriate setting.
Formerly a home in an older residential neighborhood, Studio R Interiors had a vision to transform the dated house into a chic design studio. Partnering with their vision, we were able to design a landscape whose beauty compliments classic architecture of the building while bringing color and life to the garden through a variety of perennials well-adapted to the Colorado climate.