Big Picture: Coastal vibes in the Midwest

October 17, 2016 -  By

Location: Central Ohio
Company: Hidden Creek Landscaping, Hilliard, Ohio
Photo credit: Architectural Photography by Trevor Boyle Studio

Having relocated from California, the client wanted to create an oasis in Ohio that reminded her of home. This meant creating a large outdoor living space that included a pool, spa, outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and a variety of seating and dining areas. The client also wanted a formal front auto court, enhanced driveway and improved pedestrian circulation around the property.

The project’s biggest challenge was designing and constructing on a 20-ft. slope down to an existing pond, seen here in a view from the patio. Addressing the extreme grade change required extensive planning and coordination among designers, engineers and other professionals on-site, as the house was also going through an extensive interior renovation and addition.

This project earned Hidden Creek Landscaping a Grand Award last year from the National Association of Landscape Professionals’ Awards of Excellence program.

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The landscape site plan.

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A before shot of existing house and landscape. The sheer size of the project was difficult, for no portion of the property went untouched.

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Before shot of backyard with 20-ft. slope.

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The cobblestone auto court and driveway consisted of 6,600 sq. ft. of paving material and 115 tons of gravel.

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The placement of plant material supports the property’s stately appearance, while providing areas for annual color.

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The script “W” in the custom entry area took 20 man-hours to cut into the circle.

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As seen lit at night, the rear pool deck and patio consists of 4,000 sq. ft. of travertine and 700-plus sq. ft. of custom travertine coping.

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The terrazzo patio, along with the pool, sits approximately 20 ft. above grade, requiring 500 tons of gravel backfill.

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Seating areas are defined by paving and landscape.

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The sunken kitchen features a swim-up bar.

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During construction, the client decided to attach the existing two garages with a second-story nanny suite. This entailed multiple modifications to Hidden Creek’s original design.

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One thing Ohio has over California: Winter snow to showcase holiday lights.

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The hardscape choices, tropical plants and seamless flow among the various zones recalls the California way of outdoor living, as seen in this night view.

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