The landscaping of this Southwestern style home is designed to blend into the desert surroundings. The goal of designers and homeowners was to create an outdoor living space that blended into nature rather than disturbing it, so designers crafted an elegant landscape out of flagstone, landscaping stone and pea gravel-the colors of which bring out the deserts natural hues. Then, a few desert plants were place throughout the space to give this yard a splash of sustainable color that complements the desert environment of the home.
Low-water landscaping combines with sleek paver walkways and copper walls to create a rustic yet welcoming outdoor space. Stacked stone and stucco walls mix with terracotta roof tiles for a quintessential southwestern home.
Polished stone steps lead to the backyard, where a sunken swimming pool and custom bench invite the owners to slow down. With cacti and other native plants, the space feels perfectly in-tune with its desert surroundings.
Rectangular pavers create a contemporary walkway across the lawn that continues over the sleek swimming pool. A simple iron fence meets safety needs while maintaining a seamless look from the designed outdoor space to the natural landscape beyond.
The homeowners wanted a backyard design that would blend into the desert surroundings rather than compete with it, so designers chose native plants like gray-green cacti and natural colored hardscape such as warm, caramel stones and pale, sun-bleached wood that would reflect the warm, desert tones to create the look.
This modern, Southwestern style home gets a front yard makeover. The homeowners are concerned with water conservation in the summer months, so the designers used their desert surroundings to inspire their design. Because of the dry soil, erosion is always a worry, so a gabion wall was installed in the back of yard to help stave off any erosion issues. Flowerbeds were then added around the steps leading to the front door. Those beds were filled with desert plants that can easily handle the lack of water they will receive in the summer months. Then, landscapers added stones instead of mulch or grass to fill in the beds and in between the driveway and the stairs to keep down the reliance on water and to give the design a desert feel.
The home is located in Scottsdale, Arizona and has beautiful desert landscape surrounding it. Floor-to-ceiling glass brings the setting into the master bedroom (though hidden blackout shades offer total privacy when desired).
Located in La Quinta, Calif., in the prestigious Madison Club golf community, this modern desert home, crafted with materials representing the surrounding mountains and desert, was designed as a vacation home. The floor plan functions impeccably in relationship to its surroundings as the home site faces the golf course and the majestic Santa Rosa mountains.
The desert backyard centers comfortable wicker furniture around a stacked stone fireplace. Nestled into the Arizona hills, this vacation home takes full advantage of its beautiful surroundings with outdoor living areas.