Before: Unsightly BackyardHomeowners Guy and Judy Winters have a backyard full of dirt and an unsightly fence. The space doesn't reflect their million-dollar view, so they've called in landscape designer Dan Berger to transform their yard into a spa garden by creating private corners, a rolling berm and a calming fountain. Even though they've already worked on the space for the last 10 months, there's still a lot left to do. They're looking for a private natural oasis that takes advantage of their beautiful view and the existing spa.
After: A New ViewTo break up the long fence, landscape designer Dan Berger designs a bench out of redwood. He dresses up the old fence by removing the wrought-iron gates and weaving bender board through the slats. Wide flagstone pathways add curves to the space and lead to the unique areas Dan created throughout the yard.
Before: Unused SpaThe couple wants a smoother transition between their house and the spa. Most of all, they'd like the spa to be a true amenity for them to use during the day and night.
After: Unique BermA simple retaining wall built out of boulders adds dimension to the formerly flat yard. In addition, the berm makes the spa area more intimate by separating it from the rest of the yard.
Outdoor SpaThe new arbor creates an outdoor room around the spa and provides a backdrop to the yard. The redwood stairs wrap around the corner creating an inviting entrance from the master bedroom.
Ceramic Water FeatureThe ceramic pot fountain masks the sound of the freeway and brings a little tranquility to the yard. To provide privacy from the neighbors, the crew reuses the wrought iron gates from the fence as vine trellises.