Sleek + Rustic
This design process started with a site overlooking the large golf course pond, as well as the Tortolita mountain range. The pool and spa were designed in a low sleek manor with a negative edge to accentuate the raised home pad and bring the colors of the southwest back into the yard. The lagoon shelf houses two ledge loungers for in-water sun bathers. We designed the hardscaping using larger format travertine and fossil creek flagstone. The stone fire pit with ceramic logs adds a perfect area to retire at the end of the evening and enjoy the west sunset views. Synthetic grass was integrated into the space for the client's pets and grandkids to enjoy, adding a visually cooling effect to the backyard. With the planting design, we wanted to transition smoothly from the natural desert and enhance and supplement with a variety of flowering shrubs and groundcovers. A custom horseshoe pit was implemented on the expansive side yard as well as a large 1200 gal water harvesting cistern. The low voltage lighting was integrated throughout to showcase not only the homes features but the beautiful sculptural plantings and large saguaros that were brought in after a salvage.
Artful + Environment
Design intent was to add a dynamic outdoor living space that worked with the natural beauty of the existing hilltop slope. The pool fountain wall provided a clean transition from the higher mountain slope. A reverse Lautner edge maintained ample pool area while achieving strategic overflowing edges to create a seamless connection to the travertine hardscape and planting areas. Fire features were added to enhance the drama in the overall design. A full outdoor kitchen and fireplace were adorned with natural stone veneer to coordinate with the indigenous rock. We created a covered elevated perch to be enjoyed year-round and to take advantage of the canyon sunset and city lights. Sculptural accents infused with colorful succulents complete this retreat.
Character + Elegance
This design process started with the idea of a rustic Hacienda design style. The client originally wanted a full pool but ultimately landed on a spool design that creates the center focus for the backyard living area. We integrated Belgard La Fitt Rustic Slab pavers with a brown clay brick border to enhance the edging and tie it visually back to the accent architectural materials on the home. The stone fire pit with ceramic logs adds a perfect area to retire to at the end of the evening and enjoy the west sunset views. Synthetic grass was integrated into the space for the client's pets and grandkids to enjoy, while adding a visually cooling effect to the backyard. With the planting design we wanted to transition smoothly from the natural desert, enhancing the space with citrus trees and several varieties of flowering shrubs and groundcovers. The low voltage lighting was integrated through out to showcase not only the home features but the beautiful sculptural plantings and large saguaros that were brought in after a salvage.
Southwest + Luxury
This outdoor living renovation's intent was to open up the original compartmentalized yard. Gracious travertine staircase sweeps across the back porch increasing navigability. We worked with the existing outline of the pool giving design logic by adding complementing lines and a fire pit. The back edge of the pool was converted to an active overflow to add the seamless transition for the views of the golf course and mountains. The design added many amenities such as an outdoor kitchen, outdoor shower, doggy turf area, and grotto for the grandkids! In the front we wanted to add a separation of space. The original drive way felt as if you could drive right through the front door. Our quasi courtyard concept achieves this, with use of unconventional building materials such as rammed earth.
Material play + Tropical
This renovation started with addressing the 2 story home obstructing the Catalina Mountain view. We designed a rammed earth wall to not only screen the neighbor but provide an interesting visual. The hardscape was enhanced with concrete pavers that mimic flagstone and true flagstone pool coping. Synthetic turf areas were added to give the eye a place to rest and create more usable areas in the yard for the homeowner and their dog. The outdoor kitchen was addressed by adding a new grill and smoker. Colorful accent tiles were used throughout this project. To add an additional artistic touch, custom designed and fabricated trellises were installed alongside the pool equipment wall to add screening. Purple lilac vines where planted in front of the trellis to add some of the clients favorite color, Purple! A built in, yet removable, cantilevered umbrella was added over the outdoor dining area to provide relief from the sun. We expanded the yards wrapping around the west to north. A new seating area was added for the fireplace and cacti inspired water feature.
The client wanted to update all of the outdoor living areas. We started by removing all unwanted materials. Then we went on to program the yard in a much more functional way by adding a raised planter/water feature wall as our focal background. The pass through bar and outdoor kitchen areas were designed to give reason for the pool shape and hug the pool area. So the client can rinse off after a dip, we added a luxury outdoor shower. The fire pit area is comprised of a segmented travertine area with a custom laser cut pattern fire bowl. A latilla style ramada provides a comfortable seating area to the north of the pool adorned with plush seating. In the front we carried the style in the new entry way. The wall water features provide a calming ambient sound to welcome guest. The planting palette was selected to maintain year around interest.
This 3,800 sft room started as a blank slate. We wanted to design a showroom in such a way that didn't feel necessarily like a showroom but a calming tranquil environment where you could view different vignettes. The vignettes showcased different material as well as different design styles. The patrons were encouraged to interact with the different spaces in order to gage the proper direction for their design. What elements do you enjoy? What do you possibly dislike about the space? With over 8 different vignettes to enjoy its hard to ever want to leave this space. A semi open conference room and a more secluded office area provide spaces to work and host not only design presentations but other social events as well.
Sweeping striated color concrete walls create visual movement and help organize this recreational space. The pool + spa design has an expanded sun shelf as well as bubbling water features to add relaxing sounds. Large shade sails provide relief on those hot sunny days as well as striking triangular geometry. By designing in a synthetic grass area we created a fun and enjoyable space for kids and adults. Adjacent to the turf area is a shaded outdoor dining space with a built in counter to make picnicking here that much more convenient! The lavatory facilities are secretly hidden behind the grandiose colored concrete walls. Lastly, a large fire pit area plays with rustic and modern aesthetics providing community members with a custom upholstered cushion maintaining comfort wail enjoying the fire.
This client wanted to enhance his "absent" outdoor living area. We designed a new expanded driveway to increase the functionality. A negative edge pool was added that payed homage to the striking curves in the architecture. The hardscape seating areas and new outdoor kitchen/bar worked with the existing rocky mountain topography. Planting and lighting were added to finalize the design. (planting in the video does not represent the true planting plan, but shows general planting areas for effect)
Project parameters included pool and spa, water slide for the kids, fire pit area and landscaping. The existing large cut north slope allowed for a terraced pool and spa design. The forward facing pool and spa overflow create a striking visual from the home and yard as well as soothing sounds for relaxation. The fire pit is nestled into a quaint built in seating area which hides the water slide stair case. The new paver material runs right over the existing concrete patio slab and out to the new pool area for a seamless transition. The planting palette is one of soft, kid friendly succulents and desert color.
contemporary stone canyon
A new build in Stone Canyon started by exploring the house placement on the new site, driveway layouts, courtyard entry sequence, side garden and rear yard with an optional pool and spa combo. Later the pool itself was removed from the plan and the hardscape and planting were adjusted to maintain a finalized outdoor living package.