Sunset Hills, Missouri Backyard Oasis
Details make the difference. For our client’s home, creating a gorgeous landscape required infusing nature with a little bit of magic. The homeowners reached out to us to conceptualize a backyard alongside their soon-to-be-installed pool. The yard at that time was a blank slate, with hills, objects that needed to be hidden, a wood line along the rear, and a homeowner looking for a backyard retreat.
The excavation of the pool itself had left the homeowners with a significant amount of additional earth. Fortunately, rather than paying to have it disposed of, we were able to re-purpose it in order to create the hillside waterfall.
Working with a property that features varying grades and elevations is always a challenge. Steep lawns can be hard to maintain, hard to landscape, and hard to make use of. But with the right perspective, you can achieve excellent results by working with your space and not against it.
Our primary goal with this project was to design a landscape where each of the elements could flow seamlessly from one to the next. The waterfall was an important element of the design, but just as vital were the stone steps that were both functional and completely natural. The steps were paired with the stair-stepped appearance of the waterfall, and sunk into existing boulder walls in order to maintain consistency with the natural setting. Finally, we worked with Frisella Outdoor Lighting to create a lightscape that would highlight the home’s gorgeous architecture and landscaping, and provide the perfect space for socializing.
Of course, creating a natural feel for a landscape isn’t just about stonework and waterfalls – the trees and plant material we chose for the home were vital in terms of both atmosphere and functionality. We used Green Giant Arborvitae and Graham Blandy Boxwood to hide air conditioning units and utility stations, and Alaskan Weeping Cedars to provide privacy and a sense of lushness to the poolside. Most notably, we were able to provide the main focus to the yard with “Grandpa’s Tree” – a large Weeping Norway Spruce that was one of the last tree’s Frank Frisella personally cared for in our farm fields.