Making Rooms for the Views

Updated Dec 19, 2012

Input on the master plan allows landscapers to create unique outdoor spaces.

Project: Private residence, Camarillo, California Landscaping: Gilson Group Landscape Design, Tarzana, California

“The house was new construction, so we essentially had an open palette to work with,” says Andrew Demus, principal, Gilson Group Landscape Design, of the custom-designed home situated on an acre of land. Working with the clients during the construction phase allowed Demus and his crew to give creative input with respect to strategic locations of hardscape/landscape elements. They divided the property into individual environments that also fit into the overall master plan: front entry with water feature; side yard with rose garden; pergola with barbeque and water feature; terraced seating area; pool and Jacuzzi; and side yard dining area.

For the walkways, they installed stamped/colored concrete, using Australian Ashlar and Verona flagstone patterns with an Adobe buff stain. The classic Roman-style pool incorporated Indiana limestone rolled-edge coping, and the deck was crisscrossed with 6-inch diagonal breaks of irrigated sod. For the terraced seating area, they used a No. 5 grey decomposed granite. Plants were used to tie in the individual “rooms” and create privacy barriers to delineate the living spaces.

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