Decorative Concrete in the Landscape

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Concrete is a unique material that is constantly evolving in its applications. It can become an intrinsic element in the landscape that is simple but elegant. We use concrete as a sculpture in the landscape that can be free standing or functional. The basic knee wall becomes a vertical element and backdrop to accent the color and texture of these grasses. The dark charcoal color is bold but not intrusive and as the eye draws closer the detail of a wood grain finish becomes apparent with added interest.

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Contemporary Oudoor Dining Room

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An outdoor dining room is a great way to relax outdoors and enjoy a morning coffee or a dinner with the family. This contemporary getaway is designed to be a functional but social space for all gatherings. The space is defined with a large cedar trellis that provides ample shade over a smooth concrete patio. The clean and smooth finish of the stainless steel bar provides a contemporary look with easy maintenance and clean up. The use of our custom metal trellis screens provides an anchor for plants to climb and add a soft colorful texture to the space.

 

 

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A Modern Walkway Becomes an Artistic Intervention

15Jan13 Biggins Night 089This contemporary walkway is not only a link between two unique outdoor living spaces but it also acts as an artistic installation. The contrast of sod and stone against the sand finished concrete is a unique aesthetic that adds visual character and intrigue while guests enjoy the outdoor dining room. The LED accent lighting and soothing sounds from the cast stone water feature make this walkway into a relaxing space of its own that can be enjoyed at all times of the day.

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Winter Watering Protects and Enhances Your Landscape

The residential landscape is not only an outdoor living space but is an investment and an asset. Plants are an essential piece to the value of that investment but do require proper care. Overall the care for plants is simple but it entails year round attention. Located in a high mountain desert landscape our winter conditions are very dry with fluctuating temperatures. These conditions will weaken the root structure and can cause plants to die in the warmer summer months. A damaged root system may not show signs of stress until the warmest times of the season when a plant is more apt to evaporation and requires a higher frequency of watering.

To protect the longevity and aesthetics of your plants practice a simple winter watering routine. For the best results plan on watering your plants when the ground is not frozen and free of snow and the soil and air temperatures are at least 40 degress farenheit. It is ideal to water around mid day to provide ample time for saturation before sundown and lower overnight temperatures.

New Plantings are the most susceptible to these risks because they have not had enough time to root in and adapt to their settings but existing plantings and trees still must be watered as well.

Watering:

Watering should not be done using an automated irrigation system but instead should be done by hand.To reduce the consumption of water; apply water directly to the critical root zone under the drip line of the plants branches and avoid using spray systems.Established trees may require subterreanean watering.

Trees: 10 gallons of water for every inch of its diameter. (ex. 3″ diameter=30 gallons of water)

New Shrubs: 5 gallons of water 2 times a month

Small Established shrub: 5 gallons once a month

Large Established shrub: 18 gallons a month

*Reduce amount of watering to account for times of precipitation

 

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Houzz Portfolio Update

After wrapping up another great season the Mile High Landscaping crew is excited to release its updated portfolio on the popular architecture and design website Houzz. Our portfolio was voted the most popular by the Houzz community and we have graciously been awarded with the “Best of 2015” design award.

 

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Contemporay Outdoor Dining at its Finest

 

Modern Outdoor Living Space with Low Voltage Lighting

This is a unique outdoor dining area that we created in the Highlands of Denver.  The clean lines of the decorative concrete patio are a direct link to the architecture of this modern home.  The custom wood arbor defines the space and helps create the fealing of an outdoor room.  The bright colored drapes add flair and softness to the hard edges.  The LED lighting adds a subltle warmth and makes the space usable during the day as well as at night. The annual pots bring in some added color and the outdoor dining set completes this dynamic space. As they say its all in the details.

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Amazing Modern Water Feature in Denver

Custom Modern Water Feature and Rusted Steel Plate

Here is an amazing custom modern water feature in the Highlands neighbor hood of Denver. We created this unique architectual privacy wall using a muittude of diffrent materials like integraly colored concrete and patinated steel. The textured concrete piece was made by using wood forms and we grinded the water trough to expose the aggregate to add interest and distinction with the other architectural elements. The custom steel panel  adds a scuptural component  to the piece and creates a beautiful contrasting backdrop to the plant material below .  This custom water feature not only adds privacy to this outdoor living space , but it also serves as  the main focal point of this landscape.

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Inviting modern space in Stapleton

Outdoor living Space with Custom Screen and Bench

Outdoor spaces are wonderful for gathering, relaxing, reflecting and dining. This modern space in the Stapleton neighborhood of Denver intergrates the architecture of the home, its clean lines and acute angles help the area become an extension of the home. The custom wood and metal screen adds privacy and sets off the space with its contemporary look. The decorative concrete wall with Ipe bench  is a perfect place to gather around the fire pit to rest, recharge and converse with family and friends after a long day.

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Raised Strip Stone Annual Planter & Water Feature

Flagstone Patio with Campania Water feature in DenverRaised planters are a perfect addition to any landscape, they add vertical interest, help define the space and can even act as extra seating.  The raised planter in this central Denver landscape was constructed using Arizona Buff strip stone with thick capstone on top. We also placed a Camapnia Girona water feature that is simple yet elegant visualy, it also adds the soothing ambiance of trickling water to the space.  We then topped it all of by adding in a mix of annuals surrounding the water feature, some LED lighting and whala a beautiful raised planter for your enjoyment.

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Lush Dimenional Stepper Pathway

Flagstone Stepper pathway with custom iron gate and lighting DenverPathways help create interest in the landscape as well as creating physical links between one part of the landscape to the other.  The pathway in this Denver landscape was made using dimensional flagstone steppers that create a sinuous passageway through the lush plantings and into the yard beyond.  The custom iron pergola with entry gate makes the path through this side yard inviting and the Hydrangea tree acts as a focal point that draws you into the space.  The lush plantings of Hosta, Cranesbill and Iris give the path visual texture and the LED lighting adds a subtle glow not only to the path but to landscape as well.

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