Land­scap­ing Tips

Greg shares how to cre­ate a front gar­den to con­trast and com­ple­ment the clean lines of a mid­cen­tury house.

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To cre­ate the best over­all im­pres­sion for your home, Greg of­fers this ad­vice: • Choose plant­ings that ac­cen­tu­ate and com­ple­ment your home’s ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures such as grasses in front of col­umns. • Don’t plant tall items that hide ar­chi­tec­tural

fea­tures. In­stead, keep them off to the side. • Reeval­u­ate al­ready ex­ist­ing land­scap­ing. Here, a long-stand­ing pine tree was re­placed by an or­na­men­tal tree to re­store views that had been blocked for years. • Take the drive­way into con­sid­er­a­tion. To com­ple­ment the or­ganic feel­ing of the ex­te­rior land­scap­ing, the drive­way was pur­posely laid out to min­i­mize the amount of con­crete.

"It was just a house that was 50 years old and TO THE POINT WHERE EV­ERY­THING NEEDED TO BE AD­DRESSED," Greg re­calls.

THE EX­PAN­SIVE IPE DOOR WAS MADE TO LOOK AS IF IT EX­TENDS TO THE SOF­FIT LINE, A RE­MODEL THAT TURNED OUT TO BE IN THE ORIG­I­NAL BLUE­PRINTS! EX­POSED RIS­ERS CRE­ATE THE AP­PEAR­ANCE OF FLOAT­ING TREADS. AN ORIG­I­NAL FEA­TURE, THE KOI POND’S RIVER ROCK WAS RE­PLACED WITH DRY STOCK STONE MA­TE­RIAL FOR A LIN­EAR LOOK THAT TIED IN WITH THE HOUSE. SLEEK SIL­VER RAIL­INGS RE­PLACE HEAVY ROT­TED TIM­BER TO AL­LOW MAG­NIF­I­CENT VIEWS OF PIKES PEAK AND DOWN­TOWN DEN­VER FROM THE EX­PANDED DECK. THE GAS COM­POS­ITE CON­CRETE FIRE PIT IS FILLED WITH HAND­PICKED GLASS SHARDS AND SHAPES FOR A STUN­NING VISUAL EF­FECT.

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