Located on a golf course and surrounded by picturesque mountain views, this neutral home features a rustic patio area complete with a lodge-style pergola and fire pit. Basalt boulder retaining walls are seen throughout the property, as well as a variety of layered plantings.
This expansive backyard features detailed landscaping, with stacked stone retaining walls and yellow flowering plants leading to the nearby bocce ball court and stunning swimming pool with a boulder water feature.
The driveway of this modern home runs beside the backyard. As you turn into the yard you pass the boulder retaining wall creating a solid separation between the lawn to the driveway. A mulch section provides space for natural decoration from small plants bordering the retaining wall.
The homeowners were worried about the flow of rainwater on their property, so they wanted a retaining wall included in the design of their home's patio space that would divert water away from the home itself and down to Lake Minnetonka below. To accommodate this request, designers created a retaining wall from slabs of limestone that form a staircase leading from the upper patio area down to the lower pool and spa space. To add a little diversity to the design, limestone boulders were placed on the sides of the walkway, giving the feature a lovely aesthetic.
Warm up by the fire in this intimate seating area with a freestanding custom outdoor fireplace. Large boulders and built-in seating are integrated into the stone retaining walls to provide additional seating.
This city home originally had failing retaining walls and an unwelcoming entryway. After a front yard makeover, large, decorative boulders, new stairs and sun-loving plants now guide visitors to the front door.
A custom pergola frames views of Deer Lake beyond while creating an inviting space to relax and gather with friends or family. Beneath its cedar beams, a custom limestone fireplace and timber mantle stands silhouetted against the horizon. A stone retaining wall serves as a visual foundation for the landscape composition.
Landscape architect Steve Martino tried to exploit every opportunity he could find to make this sculpture garden an extension to the house. This small land-locked garden in Arizona had been separated into two levels by two sets of stairs and dominated by boulder retaining walls. Now, features such as a water channel create a visual axis from the entry door to the prized Kaneko ceramic sculpture.