Hardscape Solutions: Functionality with a twist

February 8, 2019 -  By

LOCATION Broomfield, Colo.

COMPANY Lifescape Colorado

THE DETAILS This project’s compact courtyard area between the main house and guest house created challenging space restrictions. The area had to connect the two buildings and also have a pool, fire pit area, spa, outdoor kitchen, dining and living room to accommodate large gatherings.

Various trails and paths lead guests around the property alongside beds incorporating ice plant, veronica and lambsear.

The property had a large area needing turf, but water conservation and maintenance demands were a concern, so the contractor incorporated irrigation supplies from Rain Bird Corp. The courtyard’s design elements created privacy without blocking views of Colorado’s Front Range. The pool is surrounded by 0.75-inch Mirage Porcelain Pavers from Belgard and custom cast-gray coping.

The courtyard is raised 10 feet from street level, which made installation of the project’s custom elements challenging. Lifescape Colorado used cranes to place larger elements — including the 15-by-6-foot concrete wall that was cast off-site — into the courtyard. Other elements of the project were installed with a Caterpillar skid-steer, a John Deere mini excavator and walk-behind Toro Dingos.

This project earned Lifescape Colorado a 2018 Silver Award from the National Association of Landscape Professionals’ Awards of Excellence program.

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Construction in progress with extensive land area around the home.

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

The beginning phases before any landscape elements were installed.

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

A before image of the courtyard with the pool in progress.

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

A unique pergola joins the main house to the guest house.

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Lifescape Colorado’s team designed, built and acted as general contractor for the entire courtyard area and the surrounding property.

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

One of the greatest challenges was how to fit the client’s diverse wish list of activity areas in the limited space between the main house and a guest house.

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

The pool is surrounded by three-quarter inch grey porcelain pavers and custom cast grey coping.

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

The client’s desire for the property around the home, courtyard and guest house was a landscape that would complement the modern style of the home with color, texture and design.

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

A large sunning shelf in pool is combined with enough depth in pool for play.

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Installation of the planting beds included a ribboning effect with lush detail at the entrance of the home.

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

The highly exposed corner lot required privacy that needed to be created while still allowing views of Colorado’s Front Range and the mountains beyond.

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

The front landscape was designed to complement the home’s contemporary style of architecture.

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Craning the steel wall into place for the custom water feature.

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Grasses and contemporary pathways add interest along the massive wall that anchors the courtyard area.

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

The path designed around edge of home leads to a stairway up to the pool and courtyard area.

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Color and texture were created throughout the landscape along paths and trails that surround the home.

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

Photo: Dan DeGrush, Lifescape Colorado

A trail leading from perimeter of property to main house.

Danielle Pesta

About the Author:

Danielle Pesta is the associate editor of Landscape Management. She started writing for the green industry in 2014 and has won multiple awards from the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA). She can be reached at dpesta@northcoastmedia.net.

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