Pollard Outdoor Environment
TLC Team: We love these wide platforms. The ratio of rise-tread is very important to the feel of your site, as it defines the rhythm at which we can step and move from place to place. TLC often times designs wide platforms like these, in order to enhance flow patters, to slow one's pace, and to soften the edges between in door and out door spaces.
TLC Team: Notice how the staggered layout of platforms create a "journey" between the side walk, and front door. This orientation smooths the transition between inside/outside, and achieves some privacy by obscuring the front door with plant material. This reinforces the separation of public, and private space, which is crucial in establishing flow patters and the overall site experience. These design tenants can be applied in elements throughout your site!
TLC Team: Wonderful application of floating platforms. We see this design reflected in your foyer. The main staircase in your home features similar "floating" steps, which do a really great job of creating a large, sculptural accent, without feeling heavy or imposing. Reflecting the architectural elements that exist within your home, out in the landscape, will enforce a cohesive and beautiful final product. Something to consider when designing platforms , is proportion, and rhythm. The cadence of your step as your move up and down the platforms should feel natural, not rushed. Wide platforms will aid in creating a seamless and comfortable transition between inside, and outside. We would need to build steel frames to support these in our climate. Luckly we have a steel fabricator for inhouse steel work.
TLC team: Nice use of diagonal joints! We remember that you stated your interested in this diamond pattern when we met on site. Are you imagining this pattern appearing on the back patio? front entrance? Before we hired you I had given this design for concrete to the builder and he had the front porch done this way. We are open to other ideas. If you have a design or idea done before the builder pours the driveway, we will consider other options.
TLC Team: We love the use of offset steppers, aesthetically they provide wonderful instances of asymmetry, while still retaining the directionality of a traditional pathway. We envision larger, staggered steppers, that rise to your front entrance, creating beautiful and interesting platforms up to your home.
TLC Team: The pattern here reminds us of your request for special pattern at the entrance that matches forty five degree anlges coming of the home and creates a level of interest that upscales the entrance. We also have a scenario were the entrance walkway needs to be offset to the east from the entryway to integrate well with the homes orientation and placement on the site.
TLC Team: We love that your thinking about planted berms! We often times create berms for our clients, usually to create a barrier for sound, wind, water, sun, visual lines etc. When built correctly, these berms are very reliable and a sustainable part of your landscape. A big factor in designing land structures like this, is plant material application! Utilizing different sizes, shapes, colors and textures allows us to create layers and swathes of plant material, that emphasize the changes in grade, adding more feelings of depth and enclosure.
TLC Team: What about this photo interests you? We like the integration of Berm and Boulder and Plantings, however the proportions and application leave something to be desired. Planting and Boulder placement/layout is important, especially when creating focal points, like this area. The TLC team takes time to orient every boulder we place in the landscape, to ensure we are getting the best aesthetic face. On top of that, the cool colors and geometric textures within granite rock, create a beautiful backdrop to a soft plant pallet. These factors are critical in creating beautiful focal points! It was just a berm with trees, plants and boulders at the corner of the property but I agree the placement of the boulders aren't great.
TLC Team: A key part of our design process, is creating "triangles of activity". It is important to retain visual and flow-pattern connection between spaces with different uses. When swimming, lounging and eating areas work together, the connectivity causes a space to feel larger, more comfortable and beautiful.
TLC Team: This is a modular hot tub with faux stone around the tub this style often looks fake when placed next to a house facade. So we would want to be carefull here to create a real stone wall that hides the hot tub facade. We have a brand that promotes a modern tub with a nice low key finish on the outside that we would recommend.
TLC Team: Another nice example of "triangles of activity". This lounging space by the fire pit has clear visual and and flow connection to the hot tub and hammock, tucked in the back. Having access and sight lines to spaces with different uses will increase the value you get out of your landscape. We also love the porcelain pavers used in the lounge area. These long, rectangular pieces are very modern/contemporary and come in many different colors and textures. How do you feel about the materials used here? It looks nice. We like pavers on the patio but not crazy about the steps in the grass.
TLC Team: We like the design of the entrance and plant material. The staggered path, combined with columnar evergreens, do a great job in obscuring the front door, creating privacy at the entrance and small seating area. TLC uses plant material as a screening tool in almost all of our design-build projects. Certain cultivars, such as the Blue Spruce, Islea Fastigata, and the Columnar Oak, Crimson Spire; Make really effective plant screens. One big reason, is their controlled and reliable sizes. Although these trees can grow from 8-12 ' tall, and higher, their width stays at a consistent 3-4', making them a great tool for screening, without blocking out desirable views. Their evergreen nature also allows for year round coverage and privacy.