Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2014

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The nearby kitchen-sized outdoor cooking area features a grand granite counter atop a wall where the grill island adjoins a sink and small eating area. This area extends right along the side of the yard furthest from the house and overlooks the inviting split-level pool. This is where the concept of dividing according to functionality re- ally comes into its own, with a raised hot tub only a few steps from the entertainment area. The spa overflows into the pool so that anyone relaxing beside it can enjoy the soothing sound of falling water. The three-colored slabs, with two bands of the same lighter-colored bricks and one band of the darker-colored pavers that flow through- out, span the rest of the yard. The design delineates the space with an even wider frame. This banding continues around the pool to define its shape in a bold and visually stunning way. Bali pool coping has a rounded-off bullnose edge on the inner side for safety and to create softer, more elegant lines for the pool. The job took the three-person crew five months to finish. The only subcontracted portions were the framing and Gunite finishing of the spa and the pool, and the installation of the countertop. Ryder reports that one major challenge was to have the fireplace and the spa match the walls, pillars, steps, and kitchen. As a solution, the landscapers cut and snapped off two-inch pieces of blocks used in those features, and veneered the entire faces of the fireplace and spa. All corner pieces had to be custom made. "The stone manufacturer loved my idea and turned my creation into an actual product to buy," he says with delight. The overall effect of the color palette and textures created by the Techo-Bloc product range complements the house's expansive, yet thoughtful backyard. 42 LC DBM Left: The upper pavilion is framed with Mini-Creta walls built with three-inch and six-inch-wide blocks in Champlain grey. The pillars are constructed of the same material. Aged Cap in Champlain grey top the walls and Pillar 24" in Champlain grey top the pillars. The planters are called Lion Head Troughs and are supplied by Elegant Earth, a garden furnishing supplier with retail stores in 43 states, and a factory in Alabama that sells exclusively to the trade. According to Ryder, the homeowner does a lot of the planting and plant maintenance. In these troughs, she installed petunias. Right: The kitchen-sized outdoor cooking area and small dining bar feature a granite counter atop a custom-built base made with three-inch and six-inch-wide stone from the Grill Island collection in Champlain grey. The counter top was installed in four separate pieces. For appliances, Ryder used the existing ones, which are all Viking products: a gas grill and rotisserie, a double side burner and a refrigerator. The electric hurricane candle lanterns are from Frontgate, an outdoor home furnishings store with retail outlets in North Carolina, Georgia, and Ohio, and a complete online catalog. Once the counter top was installed, Ryder built the backsplash. He carved out the stone to make it look like the granite is embedded in it. DBM LC 038-043.indd 42 2/27/14 11:07 AM

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