Mountain Estate Retreat Nestled in the Forest
The clients’ home just outside a National Forest is surrounded by beautiful vistas and landscapes. It was only natural for their property to reflect that beauty by creating a mountain estate retreat. The couple wanted several areas to enjoy and entertain around their property, utilize some of the existing paver work, and have a larger, more functional edible garden. While the property has inherent beauty, it was a great canvas due to its lack of creative design and poor execution of outdoor spaces.
Our team utilized much of the existing paver work that was in place and added onto it in a thoughtful manner to create a new dynamic patio and fire pit space just off their back door. A waterfall frames the patio area and adds year-round interest to the space. The terraced edible garden off the barn boats custom cedar planting beds and fencing, which was stain-matched to the existing barn.
After our design was approved by the couple, construction took just 11 weeks. The entire project was completed on time and on budget. The largest challenge with this project was building up the backside of the waterfall. The existing slope was dropping away from the residence, and our team had to reverse that in order for water to flow in the planned direction. Our foreman re-worked the existing rock walls and extended them slightly to create the proper grade. The edible garden also involved a significant amount of grading work, cutting into and filling back in the landscape, to create the terraced slope.
The various terraces offer different gathering areas and experiences throughout the backyard, creating a functional extension of the home outdoors. The edible garden has a custom built-in drip irrigation system, allowing the couple to become their own mini organic farm, and they can produce significant crops for their family and friends to enjoy.