Guided Tour Landscape Designs

Guided Tour Landscape Designs

Welcome to our series featuring a Guided Tour of Landscape designs of small, medium, and large properties – with an eclectic mix of styles and elements. We begin the 2018 series with a tour of the Gibson Property in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. Located on a corner lot, the homeowners desired a larger all-inclusive outdoor living space complete with fencing to add privacy to their children’s’ play area. Take a look at some “before” photos showing all sides of the property.

When we say all-inclusive, you will be surprised at the transformation from start to finish. Let’s begin by showing off a few of the finished areas. Then we will back track a bit to show construction phases. Keeping the garage in tact, a large, custom wood gazebo was attached and is the focal point living area. Notice the wood-fire pizza oven as part of the fireplace and entertainment wall.  The outdoor lighting adds ambiance and function with central chandelier and hanging lights over cook station and bar/refrigerator area. The sound system with speakers is a ‘must have’ luxury and is perfect for I-Tunes or TV sound amplifier.

Getting from there to Here – Design Phase. It begins with a collaboration between homeowner & designer… together ideas are swapped, and then a design plan is formulated. Once finished and signed off…. It’s on to construction. Notice the 3D plan of the dining deck showing pergola with polycarbonate waterproof roofing. This added feature allows for extra light while providing protection from intense sun or rain showers. In the design plan, notice the breezeway also has this feature allowing for dry transition from back door access, through Dining Deck and down step to Outdoor Living area.

Team Paradise construction crews hit the property and begin building the transformation.

Let’s head over and up the steps to the Deck off the inside kitchen. With access to both indoor & outdoor kitchens, this deck is gorgeous and serviceable. The deck is used for dining, lounging, and kids play.  The  two staircases go to different areas of the landscape. One to the firepit with custom wrap-around wood seatwalls. The other to the gazebo and side deck.

The WOW factor: Firepit with custom wood Seat walls…… Viewpoint seating to Waterfall feature pouring into sunken spa. Notice the private retreat away from the entertainment areas. Nestled in the plantings and near the soothing sounds of the waterfall. Ideal for daytime or evening as dusk sets in.

Here’s a quick look at construction of these two fun landscape features:

You’d never guess whats back behind the corner? DOG RUN & LIVING WALL!  This perfect side yard option with living tapestry wall makes dog life easy and convenient for working homeowners. The living wall is placed for optimal viewing pleasure from office window.

But wait – THERE’S MORE. More fun as well as practical design options. Let’s head back around to the other side of the kitchen bar and gazebo.  Our happy homeowners love to plant both veggies and flowers in garden boxes. The kids need a child’s play station and a deck of their own near it.  Keeping an eye on them is easy from a deck situated off the family room and close to the action.

One last look at construction . . .

Whew… this has been quite a tour. Reminds me of some tours I’ve taken …. they keep going on and on and yet, you don’t want to miss a thing.  Showing you the before, during, and after photos gives you a ‘REAL FEEL” of the process.  This property is full of  Basics & Bells & Whistles. You can see it being a complete family landscape and then viola, an outstanding entertainment living space. Imagine a soak in the spa, popping out to warm up by the firepit (don’t forget to grab a smore), then heading in to watch the game while your wood smoked pizza is cooking. The garden and waterfall add nature elements to charm the senses, the ultimate in appliances add convenience at your finger tips.  For a cohesive look at the entire property click here: Gibson Property

Thank you for joining us in this all-inclusive Guided Tour of a Landscape Design. Please join us next week to tour another unique property.

Paradise Restored Landscaping & Exterior Design

Designer Manager: Debra Berger

Photographer: Bill Burk


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