Our clients had a large yard by Stapleton standards that did not include any builder landscaping other than a single tree. They wanted a contemporary Asian feel with lawn, a sitting area around a fire pit, a shaded dining area, fruit trees, raised vegetable beds and a zen garden.
Concrete was chosen as a less expensive alternative to stone combined with natural wood for a minimalist look. The patio, fire pit and wall behind the wooden bench were constructed of concrete. This wall not only provided a back to the bench but a sense of enclosure in the large, open yard. A wood pergola was added over the new concrete dining patio to further tie the two materials together. The zen garden, complete with an Asian style water feature, was placed adjacent to the sitting area with vegetable beds, fruit trees, black granite boulders and other plantings around the periphery.