Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JAN 2016

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Above, Left: At a residence in La Canada, Calif., landscape contractor, architect and designer Ketti Kupper designed, fabricated and installed a rust patina steel gate and coordinating fence. At 5' tall, the fence and gate shields the front of the property from the park strip. The client provided the keypad security feature. The estimated cost for the gate, its components and the installation is about $12,000. Top, Right: Kupper also designed, fabricated and installed the gates at a home in Los Angeles. This sliding rust patina steel gate is on a track and is coated with an industrial sealer. The plaque next to the French imported handle invites visitors to "Take all the risks that you want." Above, Right: When coated with industrial sealer, a rust patina finish becomes a paintable surface. Kupper painted this gate as part of a larger design that includes the surrounding gardens. The approximate cost for the installation and patina for this gate is about $4,000. 22 LC DBM By Alli Martin, LC/DBM When it comes to creating custom gates, the possibilities are endless. Whether they are cedar or hardwood, wrought iron or patina steel, or even a combination of wood and metal, custom gates to meet a client's needs and aesthetics are out there. LC/DBM profiled a few of the great gates sent to us to provide some inspiration for your next gate project. Ketti Kupper Ketti Kupper was the designer and contractor for multiple gates at a resi - dence in Los Angeles, and for the gate to a home in La Canada, Calif. For the Los Angeles residence, the gates were made out of artfully decorated cedar and steel. One is a sliding rust patina steel gate that is 5' wide and on a track. The steel is coated with an industrial grade sealer. A small plaque next to the handle, designed by Kupper, encourages those entering to "Take all the risks that you want." Once the steel has been coated with industrial grade sealer, the surface is paintable. Kupper took advantage of the opportunity to create a unique canvas, making an overall larger outdoor design that moves the eye around the garden from one side to the other. The 7' tall gate at the front entry to the home is flanked on either side by stucco pillars. Intended to look more like a door than a gate, a "Judas Door" steel central accent was added. The stucco pillars had openings left to create a space to wire low voltage lights. Finally, the last gate leads to a Wisteria arbor, has cedar wood stained with a custom mix. Steel panels attached to the center opening were impulsively placed to make the best use of materials remain- Photo: Ashley Elizabeth Ford Photo: Ken Gutmaker Photo: Ketti Kupper

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