Flagstone steps wind down the hillside, creating a safe route to the lower terrace and sitting area. Where the stone's sandy hues complement the coastal setting, the purple three-awn grass softens the landscape.
The captivating pool and Polynesian roofed terrace provides a delightful focal point for the home, which is beautifully positioned within lush landscaped gardens approximately 500 feet above sea level on a 0.8-acre hillside promontory.
The kitchen and dining area are situated in a box-like structure that juts out over a grass and concrete patio. The patio is part of a terraced landscape strategically designed to work with the home's hillside locale.
This serene spring fed pond is circled with large stones, mature trees and filled with lily pads. Located on 160 acres of majestic rolling Ontario hillside, this property offers spaces throughout that are beautifully maintained and professional landscaping.
A scrubby desert hillside slopes up to a stunning contemporary home in this gated Reno, Nevada, community. The house is situated on seven acres, with extensive landscaping that's built to withstand the elements. Wide windows connect the house to the view.
With a stacked stone fire pit and six white chairs, this outdoor space becomes a comfortable spot to gather with friends. The hillside and home both provide shelter from the wind, while plants offer a touch of greenery.
Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates
Set on a hillside overlooking the San Francisco Bay and Silicon Valley, this once mundane site was full of potential when the Kikuchi + Kankel Design Group arrived. After remodeling the pool area and adding rows of flowers, the homeowner and landscape architects then completed the space with an ultra-chic sculpture.
Wide openings turn this modern California home into an indoor-outdoor space its owners can enjoy year-round. A cantilevered roof provides protection from the elements, while broad windows offer loads of natural light and uninterrupted views of the northern California landscape. Native plants dot the hillside, connecting the house to its setting.
An oversized, contemporary dining room chandelier features the same straight, modern planes as the surrounding architecture of this hillside house. A natural wood ceiling and rustic wood wall treatment provide organic elements that connect the interiors to the rugged outdoor landscape. Avocado chairs with clean, modern lines provide a pop of color in the mostly neutral dining space.
This small urban landscape design for the entry of a 1920s hillside house incorporates an eclectic mix of plantings with contemporary hardscape design using bluestone and pebbles. A custom-designed interpretation of the old carriage house doors updated the look while respecting the integrity of the architecture. The space is completed by a fountain which provides a welcoming presence for people as well as hummingbirds.
The edge of the remaining woodland was planted with flowering understory trees to add layers of color to the spring landscape. The birds that frequent them bring color and movement to the garden all year long. Plantings were sculpted into the hillside with grand blocks of cool and warm season grasses and vigorous perennials creating a sinuous edge to the upper perimeter of the garden.
This rocky, hillside back yard was transformed by licensed contractor Matt Blashaw and his crew. Upgrades included tiered landscaping, a covered dining area and an intimate sitting area next to a washtub firepit.
After the backyard makeover at DIY Networkâ€™s Yard Crashers, homeowners Brooke and Zach Taylor of Auburn, CA now have a lush and vibrant backyard for their entire family to enjoy- a stark contrast from the rocky hillside that took up much of their yard before! The transformation by licensed contractor Matt Blashaw and his crew includes a metal and wood pergola, hillside creek water feature, privacy screen with wood and metal, a Big Green Egg smoker and custom cart, and a firepit with seating. The fire pit sits on a raised platform with a rock wall boder. Two washtubs filled with rock form the fire pit itself which sets on a bed of decomposed granite. The pit is surrounded by custom metal privacy screens. (after)(detail)