Elegantly tough materials complement the site's rugged beauty
Near the pool, a quirky purple wall with a rebar headdress houses an outdoor shower on the side facing Camelback Mountain.
Tilted walls add interest to a cool side yard. The dark wall visible beyond the tree trunk the dog run.
Color is one reason this landscape looks so at home in its setting. The reddish hue of the decomposed granite near this fountain reflects the rosy tones in the surrounding mountains. The fountain also helps direct visitors to the house's entry.
For this project, landscape architect Steve Martino tried something new ― aluminum flashing. He wove it through rebar uprights
like a ribbon, creating a glamorous shimmering privacy wall near the outdoor dining area.
The wall colors encircling the garden's amphitheater also were inspired by the site. Architect John Douglas walked the wash, selected stones in various colors, then had a paint store scan them to duplicate the shades. Landscape architect Steve Martino used rugged rebar and concrete in the firepit.