Leading from the indoor space with the backlit onyx bar, a blue stone patio extends under the covered cabana, but also around the pool and spa area, creating a cohesive indoor/outdoor entertaining space.
Minimal hardscaping can be used to define an area. For this brownstone garden, a bluestone border delineates the formal lawn, which serves as a transition space within the landscape. Carefully manicured flower beds accent the borders.
The bluestone patio leads from the indoor space onto the outdoor covered cabana and beyond, providing the foundation for the outdoor dining space and bordering the pool area, creating an elegant, complementary addition to the original portion of the home.
Lounge chairs are arranged to take advantage of the beautiful mountain and meadow views. A sleek, contemporary pool surrounded by a bluestone patio contrasts against the rustic barn that acts as an entertaining space.
By layering earth tones, loads of texture and mixed metals, designer Judith Balis created a warm and inviting space with a strong hint of masculinity. Touches such as the mesh fronting on the wood cabinets add an industrial element to the contemporary space, and the unique bluestone tile backsplash is at once subdued and a primary focal point in the room.
Native plant material provides a buffer for the pool terrace from the adjacent entry drive. The lounge chairs and side tables are made from recycled milk jugs and are durable enough they can be left out all year long.
After passing through the gate, guests will enter the courtyard, which has been paved with full-color Pennsylvania Bluestone. Salvaged steel wash basins flank the front door, with Kalanchoe beharensis and Sedum morganianum plants adding a splash of color.
Credits: Architecture: Koffka/Phakos Design; Landscape Contractor: New View Landscape; Pool/spa and Masonry: Darin Marten Construction; Metal Work: Salvador Delgado
Not only do this patio's low walls act as room dividers, they're also just the right height to be used as extra seating when entertaining. A bluestone cap tops the fieldstone walls for a smooth, comfortable surface. Design by a Blade of Grass Landscape Design
Trees shade a spacious and stylish courtyard accented by drought-tolerant plants and LED string lights. The hardscaping combines bluestone paving with pebble accents and crushed granite paving. Both existing trees were retained when the new garden was installed in December 2014.