Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2014

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40 LC DBM Above: The fireplace was built with moss stones from Firerock. Aged Caps were used for the mantle. Ryder reports that one major challenge was to have the fireplace and the spa match the same material that the walls, pillars, steps, and kitchen were made of. The landscape crew had to cut and snap off two-inch pieces of Champlain grey wall stone and then veneer the entire face of the fireplace and spa. All corner pieces had to be custom made. The stone manufacturer actually turned Ryder's creation into a new product. Top, Right: The pool was the only part of the original backyard that wasn't completely demolished but it was restyled. A sun deck was added by installing rebar and bending them to shape the frame, which was then layered with Gunite. The spa and spillover were built in the same fashion. Natural-colored Bali coping encircling the pool has a rounded- off bullnose edge on the inner side for safety and to create softer, more elegant lines. Bottom, Right: The patios and paths are overlaid with a mix of Monticello slabs in azzurro, rock garden brown, and chocolate brown colors, framed with a single or double band of Antika pavers in sandalwood and further defined with a single band of Parisian pavers in chocolate brown. The lanterns on the pillars are from Murray Feiss' Castle collection in Grecian bronze. All of the outdoor furniture is from Source Outdoor, an upscale outdoor furniture manufacturer and distributor located in Miami, Fla. bolder Parisian paver in chocolate brown. This paver creates a heavier visual line to guide the eye along the twists and curves of the top-notch workmanship. The theme and functionality of the pathway sets the stage for the rest of the backyard – two pavilions descending from the rear of the house. The upper pavilion hosts the lounging and dining areas, which are framed with Mini-Creta walls and pillars in Champlain grey that con- tain each of these spaces and help create a cozier, more intimate feel. These areas are situated at both ends of the house, separated by a small promenade that runs from the patio door straight down curving steps made with Aged Caps to a lower pavilion. By opening out into a semi- circle that follows the curvature of the walls enclosing the dining and lounging areas, the wide steps enlarge the visual field while supplying a somewhat majestic feel to the home, in conjunction with the adjoining walls and lantern-topped pillars. The lower pavilion hosts outdoor entertainment features like the pool, barbecue, and a FireRock fireplace, which is nestled at the bot- tom-left side of the steps and uniquely incorporates the same Cham- plain grey three-inch and six-inch-wide blocks as the walls it stands next to. Everything meshes, everything flows naturally. A small sitting area right below the fireplace forms a perfect outdoor refuge for snuggling up with a brandy and book on chillier summer evenings. 038-043.indd 40 2/27/14 11:07 AM

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