Eaves frame this home's view of the smartly landscaped backyard. Raised planters house trees and small plants that complement the landscaping, while the planters' rusted-metal look adds extra personality to the yard.
Ornamental grasses add year-round texture, movement and color to rain garden designs. Tufts of blue fescue bring a steely hue to this rain garden and blend beautifully with variegated green and gold sedges. A formal paver stone edging gives the garden a formal look that echoes brick raised beds by the house. Use river rock to complement a rain garden’s water-related theme.
One of the most anticipated holiday traditions at Biltmore House is the annual tree raising. Hundreds of visitors gather to watch as a 40-person team carefully maneuvers the massive Christmas tree past priceless antiques and into position in the Banquet Hall.
A wood pergola provides welcome shade for this raised patio, which houses lounge chairs for enjoying the great outdoors. The patio's stone walls are softened by hanging plants and thoughtful landscaping at every turn.
To create additional storage, the master bed is raised to allow for storage underneath; this is called a "Captain's Bed" and is commonly used on boats. A step stool is needed to make the bed accessible.
Sleek stone columns raise this contemporary lake house above the ground, creating a built-in covered patio that houses an outdoor kitchen, a fire pit and a swimming pool. Outdoor lighting keeps the home fully illuminated at night.
More than a century after the first Christmas tree was raised in the Banquet Hall at Biltmore House, very little has changed. Relying on newspaper descriptions and estate records, the design team accurately recreates the look of the Gilded Age Christmas that George and Edith Vanderbilt enjoyed when they welcomed their first guests in 1895.
Due to the irreplaceable nature of Biltmore House's architecture and antiques, no heavy equipment is used to transport or position the massive 35-foot Fraser fir. Instead, the crew carefully raises it using ropes and pulleys, carefully avoiding the Banquet Hall's chandelier.
After the ranch house is demolished, this backyard patio area will be reconfigured as a elegant courtyard with access to a two story pavilion. The brick retaining wall topped by hedges will soon become a decorative stone wall housing a large fireplace. To the left of the fireplace in the corner will be a raised bed complete with palm tree and behind that a greenhouse. It might be hard to imagine until you view the next photo.
Since this beach house is raised to meet flood requirements -- as are many -- it's always nice to have a place to gather outside right outside of the living and kitchen spaces without coming down out of the residence. Designers used outdoor fabrics, furnishings, appliances and built-in cabinetry to withstand the sun, salt, sand, wind and rain that is common on beach house porches.