Adding the Wow! to Your Landscape Design
“There are three responses to a piece of design — yes, no, and WOW!
Wow is the one to aim for.”
Milton Glaser (quoted above) is the graphic designer who not only came up with the iconic “I Love NY” logo, but the DC Comics logo, and the famous Bob Dylan psychedelic poster hanging in New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
“We totally agree with Glaser’s philosophy,” says Deck and Patio’s Dave Stockwell. “In small and big ways, we have a long tradition of incorporating the Wow factor into our many projects. We’re highlighting two of them today.”
Wowing During the Day
Deck and Patio worked with Michael Truehart (True Blue Swimming Pools) for a project that the clients feel is a jaw-dropper during the day. The property had a seemingly unusable elevated terrain and it was our job to sculpt the area into the backyard retreat the family wanted.
“One of the things we do well,” says Dave, “is manipulate grades within different levels as well as design natural retaining walls, which were important for this project.”
“We addressed Town setback code problems by designing the pool on one side with an exposed wall,” adds Michael Truehart. “Boulder coping on the opposite side was expanded by Deck and Patio into a beautiful waterfall feature that also does double-duty as a natural retaining wall.”
In addition to a dramatic waterfall area, a stunning Cambridge paver patio, swim up bar, in-pool stools, water slide, Tiki umbrellas, throughout the retreat smaller groups of boulders were fitted with plantings for natural and attractive retaining areas.
“With True Blue’s beautiful pool, the clients got what they wanted, a full oasis that “wows,” says Dave.
Wowing at Night
“As I said, we are used to dealing with sloping properties. Not to mention smaller lots,” says Dave. “This is Long Island, after all. However, the point isn’t to simply squeeze everything in. But creatively blend the various elements together so that the softscapes and hardscapes are harmonious, with neither overpowering the other.”
By designing the patio in multi-levels, and taking advantage of the various property slopes, Deck and Patio made the space seem larger. “We also created the patio in a free-form shape; it not only echoes the style of the pool, but the way it meanders along the landscape gives it a more natural look.”
A major project element for this project was the low voltage landscape lighting and LED pool lighting. By including such well-designed lighting, an exquisite backyard retreat can be appreciated at night as well as during the day.
Nighttime swims, for example, are particularly glorious. In fact, the Manhasset, NY, outdoor lighting elements added a “Wow” factor that is are romantic as they are practical.
Here’s this same project seen in daylight. There’s a lot of Wow then, too, isn’t there?
The concrete pavers are a key element in the overall design of this award-winning project. Their hues coordinate nicely with the home and do not retain heat like natural stone would.