Sunday, 16 November 2014

Nottawa Pool Cabana

Located on an estate property in Nottawa, a hamlet just outside of Collingwood.

The owner's where initially looking to create a pergola structure at the one end of the pool to afford them some some sun protection and a place to create an outdoor living area.

Given the restrictions, I came up with the idea of creating a cabana centred on the length of the pool - an iconic structure that would function as a de facto outdoor living room - with a permanent roof.

The entire family can fit comfortably in the structure. A mock fireplace was a key design element, as it anchors the space. Cabinets where built flanking the fireplace.

Lighting was an important design element

Natural Stone Veneer - not the fake stuff.
Jerry Patten of L, Patten & Sons Ltd did an incredible job building the cabana!

The architect enjoying the space he had envisioned way back in the conceptual stage.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Town of the Blue Mountains Front Entrance

Blue Mountains Front Entry

Owen Landscape Architect discovered this sculptural specimen after having visited a number of nurseries. It is a "Blue Alps Juniper Serpentine"

Rustic planters made from corrugated metal given a rust patina provide an effective grounding for this split level ranch-style home located in the Town of the Blue Mountains. 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Nottawa Pool Cabana

Nottawa Pool Cabana

An iconic structure within the landscape, it's tilted roof beckons you to enter it's cozy realm!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

A Country Planting Bed

Tracy and I have finally completed our feature planting bed at our country residence. We decided that a circular bed would be most appropriate - on axis with the front door. There had been an existing overgrown bed at the time we acquired the property, whose purpose was likely to try and disguise the well up stand pipe. As before, we kept the bed mounded to minimize the pipe's presence. Metal edging is a perfect choice to separate the bed from the lawn - a clean, subtle effect. Boxwood forms a semi circle facing the road with Japanese Spurge as the main ground cover. An exotic "Mountain" type variety of Hosta is cluster around the well upstand pipe to perfectly disguise it. The focal point is a wrought iron urn featuring a "Kimono Dragon" Begonia.  The late afternoon sun illuminates the bed just so - a truly amazing effect!