Tucson Lifestyle Home and Garden January 2017 : Page 34

For Function and Flow Integrating different outdoor spaces into an aesthetically pleasing and very usable combination was the goal of this yard makeover. By Romi CaRRell Wittman PhotograPhy By Robin StanCliff W ith a growing family, one local couple wanted a versatile outdoor space with many different features — a swim-ming pool for the kids, a sophisticated seating area for the grown-ups, a place to grill and gather for dinner, as well as a spot to relax and maybe even take a nap. As they looked at their foothills property, they wondered how to include each of those elements in a way that wouldn’t look like a jumbled mix of styles and functions. For help they turned to Jason Isenberg, owner of REALM. Isenberg listened to the couple’s wish list of features, then crafted each of the areas with an eye toward flow and cohesiveness. His goal, he says, was to avoid “visual noise,” or disjointed elements, which cause the eye to jump around in different directions. For grilling and dining, a long, slender concrete-topped table was constructed alongside a built-in outdoor grill, perfect for hanging out and conversing while dinner is cooking. The home-owners’ teenage children love the swimming pool as well as the no-longer-for-grown-ups-only sunken banco seating area, which includes a sophisticated yet cozy elongated fire pit at the center. A water feature spill balances the space and provides soothing ambi-ent sounds. Finally, a hammock was positioned near the rear wall of the yard. The wall is glass, giving the feeling that if you settle into the hammock, you’re about to take a nap in the folds of the grand Catalina Foothills that sit just beyond. From the metal installations, to the concrete retaining walls, to the plants, the color palette is earthy, with deep browns, greens and oranges running throughout. Oxidized metal planters, filled with a variety of desert-tolerant plants, dot the yard, serving to tie one space to the next and soften hard edges. Several oxidized metal trellises tie the yard and the house together and, with their climbing vines, provide a bright pop of lush green color. aboVe left Red Yucca ( Hersperaloe ) in an inset steel planter is accented with decorative beach stones. aboVe miDDle bar-height seating allows for casual dining and entertaining. the adjacent outdoor kitchen is surrounded by citrus trees. 34 T ucson Lifestyle HOME & GARDEN / januar y 2017 TucsonLifestyle.com

For Function And Flow

Romi Carrell Wittman

Integrating different outdoor spaces into an aesthetically pleasing and very usable combination was the goal of this yard makeover.

With a growing family, one local couple wanted a versatile outdoor space with many different features — a swimming pool for the kids, a sophisticated seating area for the grown-ups, a place to grill and gather for dinner, as well as a spot to relax and maybe even take a nap. As they looked at their foothills property, they wondered how to include each of those elements in a way that wouldn’t look like a jumbled mix of styles and functions.

For help they turned to Jason Isenberg, owner of REALM. Isenberg listened to the couple’s wish list of features, then crafted each of the areas with an eye toward flow and cohesiveness. His goal, he says, was to avoid “visual noise,” or disjointed elements, which cause the eye to jump around in different directions.

For grilling and dining, a long, slender concrete-topped table was constructed alongside a built-in outdoor grill, perfect for hanging out and conversing while dinner is cooking. The homeowners’ teenage children love the swimming pool as well as the no-longer-for-grown-ups-only sunken banco seating area, which includes a sophisticated yet cozy elongated fire pit at the center. A water feature spill balances the space and provides soothing ambient sounds. Finally, a hammock was positioned near the rear wall of the yard. The wall is glass, giving the feeling that if you settle into the hammock, you’re about to take a nap in the folds of the grand Catalina Foothills that sit just beyond.

From the metal installations, to the concrete retaining walls, to the plants, the color palette is earthy, with deep browns, greens and oranges running throughout. Oxidized metal planters, filled with a variety of desert-tolerant plants, dot the yard, serving to tie one space to the next and soften hard edges. Several oxidized metal trellises tie the yard and the house together and, with their climbing vines, provide a bright pop of lush green color.

The patio is a series of poured-concrete squares and rectangles, each bordered with smooth, dark-gray river rock of various sizes that evokes a Japanese Zen garden.

The seating area with its fire pit, as well as the space where the hammock hangs, features fine gravel instead of the concrete, giving these two areas a distinctly different accent, one that is more rustic and natural.

The plants, an assortment of citrus trees and desert-adapted flowering varieties and succulents, were selected for their color, water usage and, in some cases, taste. Each was planted with weather-based irrigation modules, grouped in specific hydro zones to ensure they are not over- or under-watered.

Finally, lighting was installed so the yard is fully functional at any time of the day or night, any season of the year.

The homeowners are very pleased with the final result, as is Isenberg, who says the yard seamlessly flows from the house to one area and the next.

“With its clean lines and the functionality of it, it’s all unified and fits together,” he says. “We created an outdoor experience.”

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