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Let’s Go Rooftop!

If you want to create a beautiful outdoor living space or garden but do not have enough yard space, trying looking up! The rooftop is one of the most underutilized areas of the home. But with the right design, it can become the most beloved living space of the home. Here are some outdoor living design ideas and inspirational photos for transforming your Denver rooftop into a luxurious outdoor retreat.

A Rooftop Living Room

A thoughtful hardscape and rooftop deck design can transform a rooftop into a second living room ideal for open-air entertaining and enjoying awe-inspiring views. You can incorporate built-in benches or or dress it up with the right outdoor furniture that creates zones for outdoor dining and lounging.

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If you work with a landscape company that specializes in hardscape designs and luxury outdoor living, you can design a custom space with a variety of features and amenities.

  • An Outdoor Kitchen for enjoying cooking and entertaining in the great outdoors.
  • A fire pit for warmth in the winter and ambiance in the summer.
  • A hot tub and/or a refreshing rooftop shower for a truly luxurious living space where you can enjoy relaxing and cleansing in the sun or beneath the stars.

A Rooftop Garden

Turning your rooftop into a garden can transform this space into a green oasis. Butt you will want to be careful to choose plants that can handle the strong rays of the sun, especially in our area. Here are some great drought-tolerant plants for Colorado rooftop gardens.

  • Lewisia cotyledon: This low-growing plant with blooms in shades of peach, orange and pink is suitable for planters, flowerbeds and rock gardens.
  • Sedum rupestre: An attractive succulent, Sedum spreads nicely, making a lovely groundcover on its own or interspersed with other foliage.
  • Sedum spurium: This succulent adds an interesting splash of burgundy foliage and small red blooms.
  • Helictotrichon sempervirens:  Plant this ornamental grass in planters atop walls for added privacy or use several in a row as a natural divider between rooftop areas.
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Source: Natural Balance Home Builders via Houzz

Creating a safe and beautiful rooftop oasis is a hefty undertaking. Lifescape can help you develop your rooftop sanctuary from start to finish. Contact us today to learn all about Denver outdoor living design for your home or business.

Great Gravel Designs for Denver Landscapes

If the idea of adding gravel to your Colorado landscape sounds dull and gray, think again. Not only can gravel add a variety of colors, shapes and textures, but it can be thoughtfully incorporated into landscapes to create beautiful, functional and sustainable permeable hardscapes. Oh, and did we mention they are also low maintenance?

There are a variety of gravel types to choose. Decomposed granite is reddish-tan and sandy or silt-like. Pea gravel is usually a mixture of rocks from 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch in size and in colors from white to tan to brown. Crushed granite gravel has larger particles than decomposed granite with a rougher texture than smooth pea gravel. The right gravel for your landscape will depend on the look you are trying to achieve and the specific functional value you are looking to add as some gravel types lend themselves to bare feet and outdoor furniture more than others.

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Source: Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture via Houzz

When it comes to designing with gravel, the possibilities are endless. Not only does it add contrast to interesting and colorful foliage, but gravel can be combined with pavers, fire pits, fountains, flower beds, container gardens, outdoor dining areas and other landscape features to create beautiful, dynamic and functional spaces.

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Source: Debora Carl Landscape Design via Houzz

From charming alfresco dining areas to cozy fire pits to artful courtyards, gravel’s versatility can open the door to custom designs that allow you to enjoy your landscape in multiple ways.

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Source: Troy Rhone Garden Design via Houzz

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Source: Revival Arts | Architectural Photography via Houzz

Are you looking to achieve a low-maintenance landscape that is also eco-friendly and aesthetically interesting year-round? Let Lifescape in Colorado help! Contact us today to start discussing a custom landscape design with permeable gravel hardscapes.

3 Ways Stone Walls Can Benefit & Beautify Colorado Landscapes

Stone walls have been used to create borders and protect them from hillside erosion for hundreds of years. But today, in addition to being functional, stone walls can add incredible interest and beauty to landscapes. Local or imported stones can add natural color that contrasts flora and fauna and can even be used to incorporate artistic patterns. Stone walls can also create zones in hardscape designs to connect or define fire pit, plant bed and seating areas.

Here are three ways to add beauty and function to Colorado landscapes with stone walls.

Creating 3-D Boundaries: The most classic use of a stone wall is to create boundaries. A small wall can outline a porch or seating area to make it more private. And on a more grand scale, a rock wall can be used to create multiple boundaries within a single space that includes planters, seating areas, benches, fireplaces, etc.

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Retaining & Terracing: If you live on a slope, a well-designed and professionally constructed retaining wall will be your greatest ally in creating functional, livable outdoor space. In its most basic form, a retaining wall provides structure to create a flat area that will not erode. A landscape designer can also create terraces with retaining walls, which protect slopes from eroding and add additional flat spaces for lawns, gardens and sitting areas

But as landscaping expert James Woodhead told the Landscaping Network, “When it comes to retaining walls, don’t be a do-it-yourselfer!” We heartily concur. Retaining walls require sound engineering, a solid design and expert construction to ensure durability and safety.

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Source: Jeffrey Gordon Smith via Houzz

Adding Dimension: If your live on a flat piece of property, and want to add extra dimension or structure to wide expanses of lawn or yard space, you can use a rock wall to create encircle or outline focal points in your landscape. Stone walls can be used to add a large, elevated flower bed, for instance. Another option is to incorporate a stone wall as a backdrop for a sunken patio or seating area.

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If you are interested in incorporating a stone wall in your Colorado landscape, contact Lifescape. We would love to visit your space and brainstorm creative ways to enhance your property’s natural landscape features.

Don’t Miss Our Winter Hardscape Discount!

There’s no time like the present for planning and executing your 2013 hardscape ideas. Hardscapes are a wonderful way to increase the appeal of your landscape architecture Colorado, but in order to look their very best, your filler softscapes need time to grow.

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‘Tis the Season to Begin Your 2013 Hardscape Projects

Not only does it take time for your landscaping features to settle in and thrive, acting now could save you thousands of dollars. Lifescape is offering amazing hardscape discounts on all hardscaping components and construction between now until February. That gives you just enough time to come in and begin your hardscape design plans so you’ll know exactly what you need to order and purchase for your upcoming Colorado landscaping projects.

Need some hardscape inspiration? Consider the following:

  • Are your driveways chipped, cracked, or just plain boring? Pavers will give you an artistically designed driveway entrance which stands up to Colorado’s harsh climate.
  • Have you always dreamed of having a water feature? We are experts and designing and constructing natural water features that will enhance the aesthetic – and the energy – of your backyard landscape.
  • Want to expand your patio to include an outdoor eating area? With the right design elements, your new outdoor eating area, complete with a grill station and fire pit, can add hundreds of square feet to your living space and will be comfortable year round.

Contact Lifescapes for more ideas on how to make the most of your landscape architecture Colorado before our books begin to fill up this Spring.


Lifescape Winter Hardscape Discount!

Is your patio or driveway starting to look worn or just simply crumbling? Since these two things are very important elements of the overall aesthetic of your Denver home’s outdoor environment, quite frankly, it’s time for a hardscape remodel. But that’s no reason to frown.  Winter is the perfect time for a hardscape project! Take advantage of Lifescape discounts on hardscape projects built between December and February!

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If possible, you want to avoid the rush of spring construction so by the time spring gets here, your new driveway or patio will be ready for you to enjoy. Have questions or concerns? Come visit our design studio and select from over 30 different kinds of pavers! You’ll be sure to find something you like that will take the look of your Colorado landscape to the next level.