The water collection basin for the vanishing edge, usually a forgotten space, was instead revamped to create a visually appealing water feature that can be seen from the lower seating area in the vineyard. Designers used individual ledger pieces to create ledges for the water to dance over on its way to the lower collection basin.
Depending on where you live, most outdoor spaces aren't complete without a fire. Add a fireplace or fire pit to extend the seasonality of your outdoor room. Fire and water elements can even be combined; think of the beautiful reflection of flames on still water.
Rake and remove leaves to avoid damage to grass. Doing so also can protect water quality. In winter, freezing and thawing can cause leaves, dead grass, plants and other organic debris to release soluble forms of phosphate (and nitrates). If these chemicals run off frozen ground during spring snow melt and early spring rains, they can end up in surface water.
The water conscious homeowners of this modern, Southwestern home boasts drought friendly plants that can easily withstand the dry heat of the summer months. Instead of planting grass that will need to be watered, the homeowners have used gravel to protect the plants' roots from the heat.
The owners of this Arizona home wanted their own tropical oasis all year long, so they installed artificial grass around an incredibly opulent water feature. Plus Arizona is on schedule to be as dry as California and watering a lawn can be just as extravagant as a trip to the Seychelles.
Swap water guzzling plants for low water use beauties. Many drought tolerant plants feature leaves that are silver, spiny or succulent (thick) in nature. You can find low water use plants for any region, from desert to Northern Plains. Visit a quality garden center to explore the plant choices for your neck of the woods.
In this country style kitchen, open shelving is used to display ceramic tableware; vintage country touches are displayed on top of the cabinet, including a sign for butter and eggs, a basket, and an iron watering can. A small desk makes this space functional and stylish.
Watching schooners and yachts sail by is a breeze thanks to this corner overlooking the water. During the day, the owners can sunbathe on the chaise, and at night, they can curl up, catch the sunset and enjoy a glass of wine.