Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Energy Efficient Landscape

When I first meet this these clients they wanted a landscape design that Featured:
  • Low Water Use (xeric)
  • Plants that would increase the solar benefit (Shade in the Summer Sun in Winter and Evergreens or structures to Block the Winter Winds)
  • Shade Structure over the Patio
  • Small Water Feature
  • Rose Garden
  • New Front Entry
  • Vegetable Garden
  • Screening from the Neighbors
  • Some Boulders in the Front yard to stop cars from sliding into their property in the winter.
What I designed.
The Front Yard.
New Walkway that connects the Sidewalk along the street and Drive way to the Front Porch. Removed all of the Kentucky Blue Grass Lawn and replaced it with a Rose Garden with a semicircle seat wall that is bermed on the Street side to hold the boulders to stop the cars. Areas were filled with perennials and small shrubs.

Large Patio in two levels, the lower level covered with a Pergola Structure. Vegetable Gardens contained by a 24" Retaining seat wall and accessed by a Breeze path and Flagstone Slab Steps. Lawn was sodded with Reveille drought tolerant turf and leveled for Bocce Ball. And Small Trees were placed to provide screening and shade.

Note the Solar Panels on the Roof to Provide energy for the house and Landscape. LED Landscape Lights were use to Extend the usage of the outdoor living space.

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