An intimate stone patio enjoys front row seats to the changing foliage around this country home. Low-maintenance landscaping and a white picket fence frame the outdoor dining space, complete with a low-key patio set.
Simple, low-water landscaping highlight this contemporary outdoor living space, creating a seamless transition with its natural surroundings. The inviting outdoor kitchen and dining area sit under a sleek pergola, which helps to define the space and provides shade during the daytime. A fire pit with modern armchairs is the perfect spot to enjoy the evening.
This gravel pathway winds through the serenely landscaped, terraced gardens that cover this home's property, connecting the upper spaces with the lower patio and entertaining space. Guests can stop at any point on this path and enjoy the beauty of the butterfly garden all the shrubs and bushes and stone, this garden feels as if it were found, naturally occurring rather than created by a skilled team of designers.
When they need to drive somewhere, the owners can slip out the back door and follow a set of stairs to this private parking area. A low-level wood fence surrounds this outdoor space and offers a sense of security.
Using a black railing can fit with traditional or modern architecture of a patio or porch, and it can help the railing or a fence seem to fade away when you're trying to relax and enjoy the view. This black railing uses steel cables, but designer Mosaic Group Architects and Remodelers has recreated the look on a lower-end budget. It spray-painted a chain link fence black and found the result also is far less obvious than with silver.
"Our playground" is how Hapeville's Porsche Experience Center coach Chris Ivester describes the incredible 1.6 mile closed track experience at Porsche's North American headquarters in the shadow of Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport. "We love our noisy neighbors because nobody complains" says Ivester of the low-flying planes coming in for a landing on Hartsfield's flight path which tend to drown out even the sound of turbo engines and peeling tires. One of only two such tracks in the United States (the other one is in Los Angeles and there are tracks in Germany, France and Great Britain), this thrill-ride for grown-ups allows drivers 21 and over to test out a variety of driving experiences and obstacles on a safe, enclosed track where a coach is always in the passenger seat to offer guidance and driving tips. The majority of Porsche Experience Center drives come to have an incredible day driving, but some new Porsche owners also visit for practical tips and training on how to enjoy their new baby. "This is a bucket list" items says Ivester, with birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions celebrated with the gift of an extreme driving experience. Each closed track is different in topography so Porsche lovers come from all over the country and world to try out Atlanta's unique circuit. The experience is custom, from the car selected to the course chosen. Some of the possible 6 driving modules include the Launch Pad, where G-forces kick in as you test a car's pick-up power by flooring the gas for the kind of drag-racing thrill not recommended on normal roads. The Kick Plate is where you can experience the skidding-out thrills of black ice where a combination of polished epoxy and water jets (oh, and sudden pop-up fences to make things even more challenging) gives the sensation of losing control so you can practice regaining it. The one-mile Handling Circuit mimics the feel of driving a twisting country road, only you are solo on this one, able to test our tight turns and experience the fun of owning the road. For car freaks and even novices, this is a one-of-a-kind experience.