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This project for an elaborate courtyard came to us after the clients debated purchasing a new home, but instead decided to overhaul the landscaping on a home they'd already spent 20 years in, and so they could enjoy spending the rest of their lives in it.
Because the clients love to cook and entertain we knew an outdoor kitchen and bar were part of the plan, and that we'd need to incorporate several areas where the clients and their guests could entertain and relax at various times of day.
We scraped the entire property and installed a beautiful landscape, which includes three completely different water features on the property including one located on the side of the front pathway to the house.
An elaborate full kitchen overlooks the living space. We incorporated a Viking stainless steel grill head, a matching warming drawer, sink, and a 6 foot wide service bar seating four. The service bar allows the chef to enjoy their company while doing preparation work. We used custom cut flagstone for the countertop and stucco finished walls.
A large stone fireplace with a built-in flagstone hearth for sitting was attached to the garage. It has a 14 feet high functioning chimney, adding to the grand scale of the fire feature and the landscape.
We engineered and built a 6 feet high cinderblock wall with stucco to surround the entire backyard. The bulk and mass of block, stone and concrete offers the highest level of privacy, giving it a courtyard feel while also offering a feeling of security, privacy and helping to buffer sound.
Custom ironwork designed and fabricated by the owner is worked in throughout the project, including on the custom wooden double gate. Grape clusters and leaves were used to resemble Concord grape vines, and gives it a Tuscan feel. The filled bottom panels offer privacy, while the top was left open so they could see when a guest arrives.
Landscape lighting doubles the value of this courtyard –- or any landscape -- by allowing enjoyment of the landscape whether it's day or night. Low voltage lighting used in the water feature has a dynamic effect, illuminating the sheets of water as the light dances across the reservoir top and throwing light over the stucco walls and the surrounding landscape.