They first approached me looking for some contemporary fence design ideas. After a bit of collaboration I showed them some pictures of a deck railing I built a few years earlier when we still lived in California. We tweaked the design a bit, and they gave me the green light on a custom design that to this day remains one of my favorite projects.
Earlier this summer they contacted me again asking me to come over and take a look at some changes they were considering on the property. I was happy to swing by.
The house itself doesn't appear overly unique from the street. It's a 1950's rancher, that admittedly sits on a nice piece of property atop a small rocky ridge. It's well built no doubt, but aside from some really fun garden décor the house doesn't stick out amidst the neighborhood.
But their artistic taste has led to some great changes. A large portion of the interior of the home was ripped out when they first moved in to give it a real urban loft feel as you enter -- not what you'd expect from a 1950s rancher.
And the outside is accented with numerous items that definitely give the yard a unique flavor and personalizes the space.
My clients were looking to extend the original fence back behind the newly constructed shed, as well as looking to continue the same fence design as a screen to conceal their air conditioning units and conceal their newly constructed compost bins.
Easy enough. And plenty of fun.
It's always great to work with clients who are fun, creative, and think outside the box. My personal garden design taste always seems to lean toward the whimsical -- after all isn't the whole point of a garden to have fun and enjoy outdoor space? All while putting your own personal stamp on nature's beauty?
And this yard pulls that off like no other.
A few of the more unique design items include an old carousel horse perched atop a rock ledge, and standing against an old stump. Their mailbox? Well look at the two photos below and see if you can figure out where the structure that houses the mailbox came from.
I'd love to talk up some fun ideas and see where can take your yard.