What was once a steep, underused side yard becomes a private garden retreat with a centerpiece fountain, an expansive courtyard for entertaining and lush green borders in the style of a Charleston/Savannah coastal home. A step by step guide from Landscape Studio demonstrates how hardscaping and landscaping can transform your property into the ideal outdoor space.
This modern Palladian villa in Dallas, Tex., features beautiful landscape architecture that blends natural and modern. Spouts pour water into a reflective pool, creating a relaxing entrance into the home. Large zinc planters are full of native plantings.
Making the most of all the outdoor spaces of this private estate, the small courtyard is transformed in to a cozy getaway. The sounds of the urn-style water feature create a calm atmosphere, while leafy green plants bring texture and liveliness to the space.
There’s a suggested pathway of caladiums that leads you to a classic New Orleans’ courtyard with formal elements of boxwood and Japanese yew hedges, a manicured lawn terrace and precisely spaced evergreen holly trees.
The Spanish-inspired home consists of several structures including the main house, barn, guest quarters and office clustered around a walled outdoor courtyard. Terracotta roof tiles are paired with stucco exterior walls to create classic southwestern style.
This Dallas home was designed with a chic hacienda feel that reflects classic southwestern style, including terracotta tile roof and stucco walls. The inner courtyard features a dramatically tall stucco fireplace, where family and guests can relax.
A thin brick deck surrounds this classic backyard pool, which is nestled into a neatly landscaped courtyard. A columned porch overlooks the scene, and a built-in fire pit provides a great spot for poolside conversation.
This courtyard uses classic Japanese style to exaggerate perspective, creating the illusion of a much larger space. The plants provide a backdrop for the statue and the pathways, rather than acting as a focal point themselves.
Traditional white armchairs with exposed nailheads give this bedroom a refined, classic look and create a relaxing sitting area in front of the fire. A beautiful arched window looks out to the courtyard, adding a unique architectural feature to the space.
The potential of the lower rear yard is realized in this transformation that preserves some of the original trees while adding new border plantings, a folly in the classic Greek style, and a retaining wall with enclosed raised beds. The stairway leads to the second section of the lower yard where a courtyard, fireplace and greenhouse share an outdoor entertainment space with a two story pavilion.
An excellent way to create a sturdy, level underfoot surface in courtyards, patios or porches is with brick pavers. This classic look mixes perfectly with all different styles of architecture and decor. To install pavers, the exterior area must first be leveled and then a thin layer of sand is laid before the bricks are put in place. Once all bricks are set, another layer of sand is poured on top to fill the gaps and keep the bricks from shifting.