The architecture of this home built into a woodland retreat and the beauty of the new landscaping create a lasting first impression. “I always like the yard to blend into the surrounding environment,” says project manager Scott Branscom. “We tend to use local plants and flowers that fit the area, and here we also used pine straw for the ground cover.”
Sweeping grasses and colorful flowers create a light, airy landscape around this Craftsman-style home. A gray stone porch is punctuated with tapered white columns that feature rustic stone bases. Stained cedar shingles are used as the house exterior for a true Craftsman style.
A shady yard can still have plenty of color and texture. The stone landscaping follows the backyard's slope and is actuated with various shade loving plants such as hostas, hydrangeas and a dwarf Japanese maple. The rustic stone fire pit and outdoor seating makes this an ideal place for entertaining.
At the 2012 HGTV Dream Home, the finished landscaping, inspired by indigenous meadow grasses, caps the exterior design of this exquisite modern rustic ranch home. The beautiful 4000-square-foot home, located in Park City, Utah, was designed to resemble a family compound expanded over time.
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.
The old cliche "pretty as a picture" cannot begin to describe this gorgeous home in California with landscaping designed by Mark Scott and Associates. Though the look and feel of the exterior appear rustic and unmanicured, the designers set greenery meticulously to a render a pastoral charm and old-world sensibility. Everything about this home is relaxed, warm, elegant and utterly inviting.
The owners of this tin roof chicken coop wanted to create a home for their chickens and guest houses for visiting bluebirds: "We read that bluebirds like to have 15 to 20 feet of open space in front of their nesting houses. When we built the coop, we left the posts tall on the back side. My parents brought me the 'See Rock City' house, which I was thrilled to have because it's a great nod to my happy Southern childhood spent hiking and camping with my family. The Rock City birdhouse lets guests know we want them to be relaxed and happy in our garden."
The owners said landscaping was a key factor in the positioning of the coop. "We thought about the placement for several weeks. It made sense to be on the far side of the garden because it's tall and creates a separation between our yard and the street that runs behind our next-door neighbors' yard. It works as a privacy screen and looks like a charming shed or rustic playhouse. The screens across the front of the structure came from my grandparents' house when it was torn down. The major drawback to our design is the lack of a human door, which makes spring cleaning the coop no easy task."