Pigeon Valley Apartments:
|Here is a rendered version of the above plan.|
|Now don't let the name Pigeon Valley Apartments sway your view too much (as a class we thought it would be funny to name our apartment complex after a bird and a landmark and I thought pigeon valley was funny at the time). This project gave me the opportunity to design a large scale landscape and I really enjoyed doing it. On the south side of the property I formed a 2-3' berm and placed a planting screen that consisted of large conifers and deciduous trees to block out traffic noise from the adjacent street. In the front entrance I placed an aesthetically pleasing perennial and shrub planting bed that frames the front daycare building but also leads you down the sidewalk paths toward the other apartment buildings. There are many planting beds placed near and adjacent to the outdoor patio areas which act as barriers from other apartment patios and as an aesthetically pleasing planting to the occupants. On the north side of the property is a large turf area which acts as a sheltered area where small children can run and play. Occupants are greeted from the road with a large cut boulder with the word "welcome" written on it, surrounded by a perennial planting.|
|Here is a rendered version of the above plan.|
|This is the part of the design that I had the most fun with. The program called for a "big wheel path" in the middle of the court yard. I designed a concrete sidewalk that went down the middle of the courtyard with an alle of trees to shade it. Then I placed a curvilinear designed path made out of a yellow colored concrete, designated for the kids to ride their big wheels on. The path goes in and out of the sidewalk and also behind benches that were placed there as a place for the parents to sit and read while their kids play.|
|Back of residence|
|Front of residence|
|Swell in backyard|
|Here is my first concept I did which is the one I liked the most of the two I did. I can already tell that I'm going to have to make the raised planting beds bigger and may change up the design and add a couple more. Also I am going to move the bubbling rock in the back by the patio over to the other side of the dry stream bed. There, it will be visible from the patio off the house and it will give an opportunity to play around with it's design and shape.|
|This is a quick sketch from the east side of the raised bed gardens looking west toward the house.|
|Here is the final rendered planting plan. This plan is purely for presentation use only when one on one with the customer.|
|This is the final planting plan for the Vann residence. I enlarged the raised bed garden to provide more space vegetables and spices. I made a small keyhole cut into the raised bed garden to make access to the plants easier for the clients. A breeze path with cuts of flagstone were used for the patio space in the back and the north side of the house to create an enjoyable area that relates to the mountains but is also more affordable. Since the property is surrounded by full grown trees provided by the neighboring yards, I used very few trees, but the ones I did use would compliment the color and character of the existing trees. Minimal turf was used in this design to keep weekend maintainence down but is also large enough to provide space for the clients two poodles to rumage around on. The fenced in turf area on the south side of the property is designed to provide a safe space for the poodles at night and protection from the native coytees in the area. A rose garden is also placed on the south side of the property nears a large window, providing views for the kitchen and dinning area. Two three foot berms are placed on the west side next to the street to provide privacy to the property. A small bubbling rock is placed on the south side of the driveway, near the house. The bubbling rock is also the starting point of a dry stream bed that spills out between the two berms. All plantings around the house are meant to complement each other and provide seasonal texture and color to the property.|
|This is a concept using concentric circle designs on the back patio.|
|This is a concept with a rectilinear design on the hardscapes.|
|This is a preliminary design with more|
refined lines and quick color using colored pencil.
|This is the final rendered plan using marker and colored pencil used for presentation with the client.|
I had a lot of fun with this design because it brought about interesting design challenges. Since the back yard had such a steep slope and the top priority of this client was to create the biggest patio space possible I came up with a patio design that was large enough to entertain yet at the same time created a space that had a sense of privacy without blocking any of the neighbors views. There are a series of four spaces that step below existing grade, guarded by retaining walls which support the clients privacy need. Also included in the patio is an "L" shaped hot tub equipped with a water fall using moss rock boulders and surrounded by grasses, spruces and dogwoods to add to that "Colorado" feel the clients desired.
This assignment was a little different because of the amount of constraints within the homeowner community. Also, with this design, we had to include a grading plan and construction details.
|These are several concept plans that I came up with based on the program|
|This is the final preliminary plan which is a combination of the designs|
I drew from the above concept plans and other new ideas.
Since reviewing your conceptual plans, your clients are more excited than ever and now would like to incorporate a swimming pool and a pool house into your final plan. The pool does not have to be large, but should include a shallow end and a deep end for diving. The pool house will be used as a dressing area and shall include shower and restroom space. The pool house will also be used as a guest house. Pool house space should be a minimum of 350 square feet. Swimming pool construction does not need to be specified. However, any special materials, boulders, water features, etc., will need to be specified. Create a final landscape plan for the Joyce residence. Build upon your critiqued conceptual and preliminary plans. This plan should be professional and include a title block including your name, client name, address, scale (written and graphic) and north arrow. As this is a final plan, it will be used for bidding and installation thus clarity, accuracy and most of all excellent design is required. Label all elements, create a plant list detailing plant names (common and scientific), quantities, sizes, etc. Additionally a complete set of notes should be included on this plan. They should cover any voids which are difficult to indicate graphically on the plan. These notes shall include any kinds of edging, weed barrier, mulch, soil prep, turf type, boulder style, etc. necessary for design. This drawing can be hand drawn or computer generated. All hand drawings should be neat with crisp printing. Copy your original for portfolio use. Originals will be pinned up in class and critiqued. Final plans must be turned in on bond.
style of the modern pool house. This concept will also complement the organic, free-flowing line style of the rest of the landscape with the addition of the hardscape around the pool.
This is just a quick sketch I did on trace which combines a water slide for the kids,
a stone stairway to the top of the slide, and a water fall, all of which are incorporated
into a boulder-styled sculpture.
|This is the final planting plane for the Joyce residence. The entrance walk in the front is designed so that walking up it is more of an experience then just a way to get from point A to point B. As you walk up it you see a Bubbling rock at the top which is also placed to be seen from the family room window at the front of the house. You turn left and see a variety of native plantings. Once you get to the top you discover a large patio/entertaining space near the entrance of the home. There is a screen of plantings on the north side of the property to block out views of the neighboring house. On the west side of the property there is a large water fall feature that can be seen and heard from the master bedroom, the fire pit area, and the patio area which is off of the back door. There is also a large pergola structure built above the patio to provide shade from the hot sun. Two raised bed gardens are placed next to the patio to allow for minimal walking distance from the kitchen to the garden. The turf area is also placed near the patio so the parents can watch over their kids and also entertain their guest at the same time. As you make your way south of the property toward the pool area you walk across a flagstone path surrounded by native plantings. The swimming pool is a rectilinear design complimented by a curvilinear patio/hardscape area. In between the shallow end and the deep end of the swimming pool is a brick sculpture/seating area that rises above the water level. The purpose of this sculpture is to provide safety to the children is they decide to swim out to the deep end and find they cant stay a float. It is also meant to be a place were you can place your beverage while in the pool and also a place to sit down on. The pool and hot tub are divided by four flagstone steppers which act as an access walk to the pool house. PLantings placed throughout the property provide seasonal texture and color and compliment eachothers form and character.|
|Here is the design I completed over my third summer. I designed everything but the plant material.|
The following three photos are pictures of the finished product.