Creating Shade & Privacy with a Custom Modern Trellis

15Jan13 Augusto Finished Day 014An outdoor living space is always a great addition to any property but its functionality can easily be hindered by an intense summer heat or lack of privacy. We have developed a functional but unique trellis with a contemporary motif to address these issues. This custom trellis is comprised of a few basic materials but has a clean finish and has become a focal point in this outdoor dining space. The shape redefines the traditional form of a trellis and is designed for privacy and UV protection.

 

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Custom Metal Arbor in a Contemporary Landscape

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This contemporary landscape in Sloans Lake has a unique outdoor living space that is defined by its large modern concrete patio and custom metal arbor. The juxtaposition of the arbor’s steel frame with the wood joists creates a distinct look that matches the modern context of the homes architecture. The black industrial look of the steel is a great accent against the light concrete. As the plants mature their dark red and green tones will soften the texture of the space and enclose its open walls.

 

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Transform Your Landscape with Mile High Landscaping and Creative Living

The Colorado 14Feb17 Home and Garden Show 009Home and Garden Show is an annual event we take pride in attending as an opportunity to display our unique outdoor living accessories and custom artwork. While we operate as a full service landscape design and construction company we also specialize in custom outdoor art. Our custom metal art plates are truly one of a kind pieces that can be used in many applications and can transform any space. The Gabion Benches are functional pieces with a contemporary appeal  and an interesting balance of materials. The best way to add color and texture to your patio is with our porcelain planters from Creative Living Interior & Exterior decor.

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Warm Up Your Evening in the Landscape with Accent Lighting

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This backyard has a naturalistic motif with a palette of earth tone colors and a lush, diverse plant selection. The one of a kind water feature adds visual character as well as an audible backdrop for the space. An evening in this landscape is enjoyable as users can cozy up to the large custom fire feature while feeling the warmth of the surrounding garden that is highlighted with our discrete lighting. The featured lighting of the gardens adds a unique color to the evening landscape and brightens the night. Aside from creating a unique visual effect in the landscape the lighting is simply creating a space that can be enjoyed comfortably late into the night.

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Creating ‘Nature’ in the Residential Landscape

IMG_3038A dry Creek bed not only adds a unique character to the residential landscape but it can be a functional asset to your property. If designed correctly, a creek bed will promote positive drainage from your residence and can become a distinct feature. Our unique method of using a variety of river rock and boulder sizes mimics the natural formation of a riverbed while our blend of groundcovers grow into the space to soften the threshold into the surrounding landscape. Planting the riverbed with grasses creates a vertical element with diverse textures and the use of mixed shrubs along the bank defines the space while adding a color contrast against the stone bed.

 

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An Evening on a Contemporary Patio

 

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This contemporary patio is a simple but inviting space that is defined by its smooth finish concrete and dynamic evening colors. The smooth finish of the concrete becomes a flat canvas which allows the furniture to define its own space. The step down patio becomes a space of its own that pops with the red fire feature acting as a focal point. As the sun goes down on this space the LED spot lights turn on to add a textured backlighting for evening enjoyment. The mix of rock, cobble, and mulch creates a naturalistic and diverse texture to the planting beds which otherwise would get lost in a monotony of barks and fibers.

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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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