The outdoor space was designed to look as if the waterfall flows from the infinity edge pool and throughout the gardens. Each aspect of the outdoor living space was thoroughly thought out to bring the most efficient use of the space while emphasizing the beauty of nature all around.
Hops offers a nice ornamental form that works well in the garden on a pergola or strong, well-anchored arch. The flower, known as a cone, forms in late summer. This is the part you harvest to make beer. ‘Cascade’ hops (Humulus lupulus ‘Cascade’) is a disease-resistant vine that ripens cones used to make American pale ales. Pick cones in late summer, dry them in a warm, dark place, and freeze in airtight bags until you’re ready to brew your own craft ale. Undemanding hops vines are easy to grow. After vines die to the ground with frost, prune to ground level and wait for new growth to appear in spring. Vines can grow to 25 feet high in one season and up to 6 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
As the name suggests, this wisteria (Wisteria macrostachya ‘Betty Matthews’) bursts into flower in summer, typically June. This is a variety of a native vine known as Kentucky wisteria, which is not as aggressive as Chinese wisteria. Still, give this vine a strong support. It’s a perfect choice for a pergola over a patio. Plants grow 15 to 20 feet tall. Plant width is variable and really depends on the type of structure that supports the wisteria. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
Beat a retreat to this incredible cabin in the Cascade Mountains of North Bend, Washington. You'll be pampered by sweeping views all around and, with its four bedrooms and four baths, you can bring a friend or three!
Pools that glisten and sparkle in the sunlight take on a different visual allure at night with atmospheric lighting. Consider this rectangular water feature with cascading fountains and spray jets, a tile bridge and areas for lap swimming or wading.
Fit for a patio or deck, this do-it-yourself water wall was created by Marie Blackburn of The Interior Frugalista and her husband. Water trickles down two tempered glass panels mounted in a wood frame.
Located on a rain-drenched site in the northwestern foothills of the Cascade Mountains, this modest, sustainable cabin in Marblemount, Wash., has a big presence in a rugged setting. Notice how the home's sleek, sloping exterior speaks to the slope of the distant mountains.
This water feature uses a series of small waterfalls to move around a corner and down in a stair step style. The look of the concrete walls is softened by the flowing water and given color from the natural hues of the interior stone.
The beautiful, open look of this modern home provides a smooth transition from dining room to living room. A natural wood dining table is surrounded with thin white chairs under a cascading light fixture. Built-in cabinets create useful storage for the dining area while serving as a simple room division.
The house emerges from the land, paralleling the slope of the butte with progressively stepping, flat, grassy rooflines. While the site inspired the residence’s composition and massing, the exposed concrete, cedar and steel materials speak to its “built” nature—original and honest, rather than imitative of the natural world. A butterfly roof caps the topmost level providing visual interest to the “cascading box” design while referencing the uplift of nearby mountain ranges.