Temple in the Jungle
This backyard makeover blends traditional style with an Asian esthetic.
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Scott Goetz and Dalton Cole have shared their arts and crafts bungalow for the last six years. Goetz, a writer, and Cole, a public school administrator, travel often and their world jaunts have yielded some very unique and exotic objets d'art. The home proudly displays their eclectic tastes, fusing the blend of the traditional with a decidedly Asian esthetic. But the bungalow's backyard lacks any type of design or style. Goetz and Cole hope to remedy that with a smashing new design. Which designer will be up to the challenge?
Whether it's Casablanca or Kuala Lumpur, Cole and Goetz like nothing better than to pack their bags and head off to someplace new. But they're always happy to return home to the craftsman-style bungalow they've filled with souvenirs from their travels. Now, inspired by a recent trip to Bali and Thailand, Cole and Goetz want their backyard garden to reach nirvana. Up to the challenge are landscape designer Marguerite Stamos, the husband and wife design team of Sonny Estrada and Susan Miller Estrada and landscape architect Daniel Weedon.
All the designers have met with Cole and Goetz to get a sense of their needs and vision for their yard. Marguerite Stamos proposes using Asian architectural details to tie the house and yard together. The Estradas have come up with a serene garden surrounding an open lawn. Weedon envisions a backyard haven where rustling bamboo and rippling water would remind Scott and Dalton of Bali each time they step outside.
After a week of looking over the three plans, Cole and Goetz choose Weedon's plan. And now their new backyard is an exotic mix of Weedon's landscape design and Goetz' treasure hunt. The new design captures the beauty the pair has seen abroad and transforms the backyard into a private nirvana.
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