Elements of Outdoor Living

For relaxation the sound of a water fall and wood fire, all with the comforts of home, is unbeatable.  This family wanted an oasis for unwinding from demanding jobs, and a place for their teenagers to gather with their friends. These needs and the lay of the land inspired this Guardian design. The retaining wall around a circular sunken patio with a fire pit in the center was constructed for extra seating around a fire, a perfect place for teen socializing and s’mores, or a quiet evening family chat.

Since the landscape is first seen from the deck above, elements of the landscape plantings were arranged to include the perspectives from, above, below, and from both sides of the garden.  The focal point of the garden is a pondless waterfall requiring minimal maintenance.  By utilizing the space under the deck, a patio added a shady area for afternoon gatherings, as well as a private area for a hot tub. The spacious, multi-level outdoor rooms all offer a wonderful view of the waterfall garden.   Guardian’s design ideas are original to each location and end use.

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Fire Pit


Retaining Wall