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.
Much of this home's grassy yard has been replaced with eco friendly flagstone that requires little maintenance and no water. Large stones help to define the feature, giving it a boundary and creating room for the indigenous, floral landscape.
Part of the approval process for this small modern home included a required raised portion of the site dedicated to storm-water control and a sanitary system. To accommodate this requirement, a plinth was used raise the surface and was landscaped with a native grass.
Part of the approval process for this small modern home required that a portion of the site be raised to accommodate storm water and a sanitary system. Bates Masi + Architects used a plinth to create a raised surface and then landscaped the area with native grass.