Arizona flagstone pavers and steps help blur the boundaries between the natural and constructed environments, and between the hilltop and the house. This 10-acre property is on a ridge-top setting with views of Mount Diablo in California. The project by David Thorne Landscape Architect won a 2015 Association of Professional Landscape Designers award.
The new anodized aluminum swing front door with glass panels allows natural light inside and offers a look at the amazing views enjoyed from this home’s waterfront location. Large black porcelain pavers line the steps up to the front door and help define the entry.
Concrete pavers lead up the steps and onto a patio with a water fountain and ledges to display containers for this home in the southeast U.S. The materials, including textured Mega-Arbel pavers with an irregular shape and antiqued Celtic Wall pavers by Belgard for the steps, are manufactured by Georgia Masonry Supply.
A formal terrace steps down to an architectural swimming pool surrounded by a lush green lawn. The pool coping material matches the stone used in the balustrade and the pavers on the terrace, creating a harmonious garden design.
This beautiful patio features a central fountain surrounded by bluestone pavers. Brick bands help define different sections. Gracefully wide steps lead down from the kitchen; the original door was widened to allow for a more seamless transition from indoors out.
This patio, steps and stairs use Pennsylvania bluestone pavers at the base and steps made of crab orchard stone slabs. The tall walls are made of existing pressure-treated timbers that Atlanta-based King Landscaping incorporated into design. The border around the patio uses Pennsylvania blue stone with a thermal finish.
Antique stone pavers reclaimed from development projects in China cap the knee walls and act as floating steps. The aged patina on these stones is impossible to reproduce since it comes from hundreds of years of use and adds a historical permanence to the garden.
Red barrel-tiled awnings and white stucco exterior give this space a Spanish flair. Standard brick steps give way to concrete pavers that evoke the Moorish influence of southern Spain for this guesthouse. Three sets of double doors that open from floor to ceiling keep the guesthouse open to cooling breezes.