A stained cedar fence guarantees privacy in this home's side yard, where a mix of pine and oak trees, ornamental grasses and drought-tolerant perennials comprise the landscape design. The home's eco-friendly, exterior building materials include both smooth and scraped synthetic limestone blocks and fiber-cement siding, a product composed of 50-percent recycled content (fly ash) and wood fiber pulp supplied from sustainably managed forests.
A sliding aluminum gate opens to a courtyard with a dining area. The artistry of the design by Matthew Cunningham, winner of a 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designers award, matches the style of the urban courtyard, which also features western red cedar fencing.
Bluestone paving with pebble accents, crushed granite and cedar fencing work together to transform what was previously an RV parking space into a modern courtyard. The lines of the furniture mimic the lines of the cedar fencing.
An stained cedar board-on-board fence has an organic design that fits with the outdoor setting. The fence, by Topiarius, a full-service landscape design, build and maintenance firm in Chicago, is made using applied decorative panels.
This powder room features a rustic-chic design focus, with walls clad from floor to ceiling in rich green mosaic tile. A sculptural vessel sink rests atop a wood pedestal, hand-crafted from cedar fencing.
An LED TV sits in a rustic niche across from the couch. “We have a lot of fencing outside that is cedar. We brought that inside, so there is a real definite tie in,” says HGTV Smart Home 2015 designer Linda Woodrum. “We took that cedar, put it in the back of the niche where the TV is, and we painted the opposite wall.”
The cedar fence includes a door for easy access to and from the back deck, while the gravel footpath is a smart addition that looks fantastic and works well as a groundcover in an area that doesn’t get much rain.
White cedar fencing provides a buffer of privacy in the yard, where all-weather stackable chaises, fashioned from a material that incorporates post-consumer bottle waste, provide a sunbathing area. The family pet can grab some shade in the cushioned dog house.
The HGTV Green Home 2012 powder room continues the home's rustic-chic design focus, with walls clad from floor to ceiling in rich green mosaic tile. A sculptural vessel sink rests atop a wood pedestal, hand-crafted by carpenter David Brown from cedar fencing.
Boxwoods, such as the 'Green Mountain' boxwood on the left side of this contemporary patio, are wise, cost-concious purchases for courtyard shrubs because they have handsome foliage and grow to 3 feet high by 3 feet wide. Also, layering is a part of outdoor design. A plexiglass panel is front of a cedar fence in this patio by A Blade of Grass, which won an Association of Professional Landscape Designers award. A plexiglass screen also can be a DIY project.
Homeowners wanted a simple shelving unit to help them maintain their garden, so designers built integrated steel and cedar shelving welded onto corrugated panel fencing that connects to the fence. These shelves add an area to pot and store gardening supplies next to the raised vegetable planting beds.
It's amazing to think that this contemporary outdoor space was once a forgotten unused area. The design firm, A Blade of Grass, kept some existing materials, including the wood decking. The existing fence was updated with horizontal cedar cladding, which provided a clean, uniform backdrop. Garden stools also are an affordable, bold accent for a patio.