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Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Names Lifescape Project as 2015 Home of the Year

Lifescape has added yet another accolade to their growing list of awards and praise with their work on the “Mountain Modern” project. The home, an 11,500 square foot retreat in Evergreen, Colo. owned by Kirk and Grace Eberl, was named as the 2015 Home of the Year by Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine.

Mountain Modern

Mountain Modern

Before Lifescape was contacted to help with integrating the landscape into the homeowner’s vision of the house, much of the hardscape was completed by the homeowner and architect, David Barrett.

“We wanted a house that rose out of the land like a tree,” Grace told Colorado Homes & Lifestyles

Moutain Modern

Moutain Modern

Lifescape helped make that come true. When Lifescape came onto the project, they helped blend together the architecture of the house with the rest of the landscape. What the blending of the two visions created was a softened ruggedness of the hardscape that transitioned seamlessly back into the natural surrounds of the 160-acre property.

Mountain Modern

Mountain Modern

Senior Designer LeAnn Ostheimer, who took the lead on the project for Lifescape, was the tip of the spear when it came to selecting the foliage and landscaping material, as well as designing the pathways, garden patios, landscape lighting, driveway, and boulder outcroppings. Her work with blending the native meadow adjacent to the house with nature was instrumental in bringing the homeowner’s vision to life.

For more information on the project, or to find out how Lifescape can your dream home vision come to life, contact Lifescape today.

Designing Intimate Outdoor Rooms for Homes

Having a yard is great, but how do you make it feel cozy? Maybe you have a small backyard and aren’t sure what to do with it. You need to divide up your landscape for different uses or features. One great feature to add to your yard is an outdoor living room, where you can relax, dine, or entertain.

Designing Intimate Outdoor Rooms for Homes

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You can approach your outdoor room just as you would any indoor living space. You will need furniture, flooring (even if it’s just grass), a style, color scheme, etc., not to mention plants and perhaps a water feature. If you’re struggling to decide on a style, French garden style is a classic choice that suits just about any space. This is because of the symmetry and order of the style.

Some hallmarks of French garden style are geometric shapes, boxwood hedges, well-manicured shrubs, neat garden beds, lavender and stone. If you have a small courtyard, this style would translate very well.

One way to combine an intimate outdoor room and lots of plantings is a pocket garden. If you’re short on lawn area, make your outdoor room feel just as lush by adding dense groupings of planters to create an urban jungle. You can even use mirrors to make the space feel larger. Another small space strategy is to choose a simple neutral color palette and make use of every square foot, such as using built-in benches on a balcony.

Short on budget? You need little more than a picnic table, some string lights, and climbing plants to create an inexpensive outdoor entertaining area.

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Need more ideas for your small yard? Consider adding some lighting to extend your use of an outdoor room to night time. Add a new outdoor area rug to pull your seating area together or refresh an existing one. If you’re laying pavers, align them diagonally to create the illusion of more space. Especially in a small space, choose properly scaled furnishings and avoid clutter.

What are your suggestions for creating an intimate outdoor room? Let us know by leaving a comment.

Keep Your Pool & Design with Color, Lines, & Texture

Summer seems to keep getting hotter, and having a pool is a wonderful way to cool down quickly. In some cases, however, a pool doesn’t seem to fit in with the landscaping you had done to beautify your backyard. It does not have to stand alone as a feature of your design; landscaping with pools can open up a whole new world of possibilities.

Keep Your Pool & Design with Color, Lines, & Texture

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To create a natural-looking haven surrounding your pool, you want to consider adding texture and variation with plants and trees. Using tall trees at the end and graduating to shrubs and plants surrounding your pool can create a feeling of privacy and relaxation. With this simplistic design-style, you can have a more formal look by using muted colors and repetition of shrubs, trees, and plants or more casual by adding pops of color with brightly colored plants interspersed throughout.

If you prefer the pool to completely blend into your surroundings, especially in a xeriscaped yard, consider a mix of hardscaping and naturally-occurring plants such as those used in your original design. Mix and match shrubs and plants to create the most natural appearance, and consider clumps of ornamental grasses and natural colors of stone to complete the look.

For a formal, meditative feel, you can use sculpture in your pool landscaping design. Create a backdrop to showcase the sculptures using straight rows of hedges or straight lines with classic paving tiles. To keep the look tranquil and formal, stick to muted shades for hardscaping and like colors for any plantings.

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Source: Lifescape Colorado

Privacy fencing is often desirable when planning your pool’s surroundings. Rather than opting for fencing or walls, why not consider growing your own? Privacy can be created by standalone trees and shrubs, a mix of hardscaping materials and plants or even with a trellis combined with climbing plants. All you have to do is decide which style appeals to you most.

Lifescape can help you with unique ideas for landscaping with pools. Visit our online gallery for more inspiration and contact us to create your ideal pool setting.

Top Outdoor Living Trends for 2015

With summer around the corner, it’s even more important to keep your outdoor living area from falling to the wayside. Check out these outdoor living trends for 2015 to stay in the game this season:

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  1. Natural Landscapes. Thankfully an ongoing trend, natural landscaping techniques like xeriscaping are becoming increasingly popular. Xeriscaping is a low-irrigation gardening technique, but you can also adopt native plants and other green gardening products. For example, seed-grown native wildflowers are not only beautiful but also environmentally friendly.
  2. Edible Gardening and Eco-Conscious Plants. Who doesn’t love plants you can eat? Edible plants are useful and beautiful, and you can eat food you harvested yourself! Plants are inherently eco-conscious, but being safe for children and pets is an even bigger plus. Blueberry plants and edible berries are wonderful choices for gardens.
  3. Support for Bees and Butterflies. Delightedly, people are becoming more and more aware of the plight of our magnificent bees and butterflies. Homeowners are now planting milkweed to attract Monarch larvae and plants like lavender to attract bees.

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    Source: Pixabay

  4. Colors. This season, elect to be fashion-forward in your interior and exterior. Don’t be afraid to liven up your patio with bold colors — varying shades of pink, pastels, and light and airy hued bulbs are a must have this season. You’re not just limited to colorful plants, either! Choose colorful plant containers to add even more personality to your outdoor area.
  5. Innovative Outdoor Entertainment. As American homes shrink in size, more and more homeowners are looking to transform their outdoor areas into a genuine living space. This shift has resulted in the increasing availability of outdoor products geared towards entertainment. Who wouldn’t want a pizza oven to entertain children and guests at an outdoor gathering, or a heater so you can continue to enjoy your patio well into winter?
  6. Portable Gardens. Convenient and charming, container gardens add foliage and a natural touch to even the tightest of spaces. Vertical wall planters offer incredible flexibility and can pretty much be hung anywhere in the home or outside.

For help turning your outdoor area into a modern liveable space, contact Lifescape today.

Gorgeous Lighting Designs for Your Landscape

Whether you are designing a new landscape or just looking for a way to spruce up your existing yard, landscape lighting is a feature you should consider. While it is easy to think of what your yard looks like during the day, nighttime offers a wealth of creativity when it comes to lighting your landscape. You will want to focus on highlighting important features of your landscape as well as providing lighting for safety and security.

Gorgeous Lighting Designs for Your Landscape

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Lighting can be applied to any features you want to draw attention to in your yard. Simply installing uplights underneath a large mature tree on your property can create a really neat effect at night. In the same way, adding lights inside or along a water feature creates instant drama. You can even choose white or colored lights for different effects. Lighting a sculpture in your yard is another obvious point of interest, not to mention your home and any unique architectural features.

Consider lighting unexpected parts of your landscape, such as under a bench. The diffused light will softly illuminate the area and create ambiance around the seating area. Another surprise could be adding a strip of lights around tree wells, which creates a unique geometric effect. Some other artistic effects you can create with light are backlighting, which silhouettes an interesting object, as well as reflecting light, which creates a romantic glow.

Fireplaces and fire pits are also types of lighting you may want to add, as they offer a spot to gather, create ambiance and warmth, and can be used for cooking.

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Source: Lifescape Colorado

And, of course, you should be sure to light up all pathways, entryways, stairs, and rails. This not only brings out all the important points on your property at night, but it also provides safety. LED lighting can be used to boost energy efficiency for these frequently used lights.

Depending on the size and complexity of your project, you may need to consult with a company that does professional landscape lighting, such as Lifescape. Contact us today to get started on your project.