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Enhance Your Landscape with a Gorgeous Courtyard Design

Enhance Your Landscape with a Gorgeous Courtyard Design

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A courtyard is a private oasis in the best sense. It is a place to sit in peace surrounded by nature or entertain guests, while having all of the conveniences of home just a few steps away. Here are some tips for creating beautiful courtyard designs.

Create Comfortable Sitting Areas

In small courtyards, creating sitting areas is as simple as setting up a small table and chairs. Larger courtyards call for a different approach, however, to keep things visually balanced. One method uses the same principals that interior designers use for defining separate spaces indoors. Creating several small sitting areas, each with their own unique views or special aesthetic, breaks up the space and adds warmth and comfort. Here we built a low, semi-circle wall with built-in seating. The fire pit makes this area cozier, even on chilly mornings or evenings.

Pathways for Function and Beauty

Easily navigable walkways make a courtyard more welcoming, and the design and colors used can enhance other architectural or landscape features, creating design cohesion. For this pathway, we used colors and materials that complemented other features of the home and landscape.

Designing a Side Court

Side yards can be put to wonderful use as a singular courtyard or as part of your front or back courtyards. The wall opposite the home will strongly influence the ambiance of this space, so add beauty to it where you can. One way is to add a fountain, as we did in this side court, and flank it with lush greenery in raised beds.

Soften Hardscaping with Plants

Hardscape features can serve dual purposes for privacy and decoration. Without the softening influence of plants, however, they can make the space feel cold and empty. Use plants to cover walls or place container arrangements nearby. The planter atop the pillar here adds visual appeal to the sitting area and creates a transition between the courtyard area and the surrounding landscape.

Lifescape’s talented landscape architects and designers can help make your courtyard dreams come to life. Contact us today to learn about our services.

Modern Landscape Designs That Catch the Eye

Modern Landscape Designs That Catch the Eye

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Modern landscape design has style versatility, which complements many types of homes. In addition to this, these designs emphasize hardscaping and architecture for creating a stylistic impression. This means these landscape designs easily incorporate the water-conserving principles we lean towards here in Colorado. Read on to learn more about the elements of modern landscape design.

Creating Unity between the House and the Landscape

Modern design calls for a synchronistic approach to create visual harmony and to prevent the design from appearing as an afterthought. This entails creating design cohesion between landscape architectural color, material, or form and that of the home. Here, we matched both the landscape color palette and materials to the exterior of this residence.

Clean Lines

Good design means an appealing visual flow. These terraced landscape beds mirror the gentle curve of the neighboring structure. Using the same size and type of plants, evenly spaced, in the beds assists the flow. The elegant, yet low-key, statuary provides an extra touch to prevent monotony.

Geometric Patterns

Geometric patterns are as compelling in the modern landscape as they are in modern interior design. Rectangles, squares and other shapes become more visually stimulating if you use mixed textures. Note how the geometry of this sitting area is highlighted by the carefully designed flowerbed.

Modern Materials

While traditional materials are used in modern design, you’ll also notice many modern materials such as concrete and gravel. The latter is an important feature in many permeable hardscapes and helps these designs be water-wise. A good example of this is this walkway made of pavers surrounded by gravel.

Plants as Transitional Accents

Although modern designs emphasize hardscaping, this doesn’t mean that plants must be kept at a minimum. Planned right, plants live in perfect harmony with modern landscape architecture. We used native plants to create a transition between this landscape and the surrounding wilderness. 

Whether you are ready for a new landscape design or you have other landscaping needs, you can count on our professionals at Lifescape. Contact us today to learn about our services.

Key Elements of a European Style Landscape

Key Elements of a European Style Landscape

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Anyone who has traveled to Europe likely has fond memories of quaint outdoor cafes, cobblestone streets, and romantic, lush gardens. Europeans embrace warm seasons by taking many activities, especially eating and socializing, outdoors, and the garden designs reflect that. If you want to bring the European aesthetic to your Colorado landscape, here are elements to consider.

The European Patio

Alfresco dining is quintessentially European, and one part of a patio should be designed with meals in mind. The primary elements to include are table and chairs, an awning or other feature to protect the area from the sun, and decorative accents that reflect a European country’s style. If your area is large enough, consider creating several dining and entertainment areas suitable for different occasions. This patio has a casual sitting area, a bar and a more comfortable area that is semi-enclosed.

Tiers and Slopes

Like gardens in parts of our state, many European gardens are built on sloping landscapes. Your garden design can be adapted to enhance and protect slopes while offering European aesthetic to the land. The stone walls and strategically placed plants shown here reduce soil erosion while adding lush color and texture to the landscape.

Water Features

Fountains are found in village squares and residential patios and gardens throughout Europe. Large or small, fountains and other water features provide romantic old world charm to any European style landscape. Along with a traditional fountain and a spa, this landscape’s water features include a pool with flowing water.

Showy Blossoms and Romantic Lush Greenery

Most European countries boast climates which, at least in spring and summer, encourage lush, green gardens and greenery along with showy flowers and shrubs featured strongly in the European garden. Despite the often overly dry conditions in our state, we can achieve this lush look by choosing Colorado native plants and adding colorful container arrangements like those used for this amazing landscape.

If you’d like to make your European garden ideas come to life, contact us at Lifescape today. Our professional design crew can help you from start to finish.

Stunning Driveway Design Ideas

Stunning Driveway Design Ideas

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Why have a nondescript and serviceable driveway when you can design and build a stunning one that enhances your home’s curb appeal? Not to mention, the same features that create a more visually appealing driveway — like pavers and stones — will also make your driveway more likely to withstand the constant freezing and thawing we experience here in the Colorado Rockies.

The size, slope and layout of your property will often determine which type of driveway is best for your home. Use the following examples from Lifescape Colorado’s gallery to inspire your driveway design ideas.

Curved driveway. To avoid a very formal or abrupt look, you might incorporate a meandering driveway that creates a relaxed entrance to your garage and front walk. Pavers come in a range of sizes and colors, and the small gaps between them allows your driveway to expand and contract according to temperature changes without cracking or breaking apart.

U-shaped driveway. The U-shaped driveway is a popular design, making it easy for you and your guests to get in and out without having to back out into the street. For this particular driveway, we installed a series of small concrete slabs to prevent competing with the home’s beautiful stone exterior. A combination of lawn, border landscaping and containers filled with blooms, bridges the gap between formal and casual.

Formal driveway. By using raised hardscaping materials to form the borders of your driveway, as well as your plant beds, you can create a more formal look intensified by the well-manicured plants contained within. Here, we selected darker-colored pavers with distinct textures to contrast with the expansive, lightly-colored stucco walls that form the exterior of this home.

Lifescape Colorado is offering a winter discount for projects scheduled between Nov. 2014 and Feb. 2015. You can save up to 8 percent on total project costs! Signing your contract in 2014 will protect you against project construction costs expected to affect Colorado contractors through 2015. So, contact us today to design a driveway that beautifully complements your property and architecture.

Celebrate the Holidays with a Festive Container Garden

During the fall and winter season, holiday decor can add a warm, cheerful ambiance to your home. You can even enhance this festive vibe by expanding outdoors with classy, beautiful holiday container gardens. These gardens can welcome visitors dropping by for holiday gatherings and add a splash of color to a stark winter landscape. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Tips for Starting a Beautiful Container Garden

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Create a colorful fall holiday display. Gold, red, and orange are traditional fall colors found in mums and pansies that are great for container gardens. Mix these colors in one planter for a compact festive statement, or assign one color to a separate container and place them close to each other. Remember, you don’t have to limit your fall containers to these colors. For example, adding blue flowers next to bright orange foliage or flowers can really make these colors pop.

Texture adds charm. Adding different textures to your holiday container improves visual interest. Incorporating a variety of patterns can even make a monochromatic display more exciting. However, mixing textures doesn’t just mean adding in fuzzy-leaf plants or tall grasses. Combining flowers of varying sizes and shapes can also add textural interest.

Use evergreens for festive winter containers. When winter arrives and your landscape grows barren, evergreen trees and shrubs offer a welcome splash of green. You can combine various evergreen dwarf conifers in a large planter, or plant a single native tree, such as the Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine, to replant in the ground at a later date. Then, just drape festive lights around these plants for a dramatic effect after sunset.

Accessorize your containers. Adding holiday cheer to a planter can add a lot of charm and warmth. For fall containers, nestle a pumpkin or gourd amidst the plants. When winter rolls around, a pinecone, holiday ornament, colored bows or similar items, can draw the eye and help highlight a beautiful holiday display.

Our professionals at Lifescape Colorado specialize in creating gorgeous container gardens for the holidays. Contact us today to let us know how we can help you design the perfect garden for your needs.