This couple brings in the experts to help them transform their hillside landscape into a calming outdoor oasis.
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When nature lovers Bonnie Lisle and Roy Weitz purchased their hillside home 16 years ago, they were particularly drawn to its spacious grounds. They have worked hard to evoke a lighter, more contemporary feel for their interior but are overwhelmed by their backyard's wild and disjointed landscape. Bonnie and Roy would like to create a beautiful and accessible backyard haven where they can entertain, relax and meld with the natural setting.
Ailing plantings, an outdated patio and a misplaced spa are some of the elements that need addressing. Up for the challenge are landscape designer Mark Sutter, landscape architect Fausto A. Reyes and landscape designer John Taylor.
Mark Sutter proposes a park-inspired theme with a rolling lawn that leads to an arbor-framed rose and citrus garden. In mid-yard a stream wanders over rocks past a beautiful step-up spa. In Reye's design, a focal point in one side of the yard invites you to a step-down seating area and firepit, while a stamped concrete path draws you to a hillside infinity-edged spa. John Taylor's cohesive concept incorporates some of the homes existing materials — a new, conveniently-placed brick patio houses a sunken spa, across the yard a stone walkway leads to a cascading waterfall and charming foot bridge.
This backyard makeover includes multifunctional elements that actually disappear.