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Elements of Design|
Step Two - Create the Design
Our Seven Key Elements
- Our main job is to create outdoor places where people would rather be. Creating outdoor spaces that encourage people to live outdoors is our main objective.
- Blend the natural character of the site with man made architecture
- Create a sense of place - in other words, develop something special that only belongs to that family or individual and you could not imagine it being in another backyard.
- Blur the boundaries between inside and outside - there should be a seamless transition between the two. It makes the house seem bigger and lets the homeowner enjoy more of their property. It also encourages a better understanding of our natural environment.
- Helping make our customers feel more comfortable outdoors. In simple words, what can we do from a design sense that makes it more comfortable to be outside, thus letting you use that space more often. We design elements like arbors with ceiling fans for shade and to keep the bugs off. Waterfalls for the evaporative cooling effects and a visual focal point. Paving that is easy on the feet. Misting systems for summer relief.
1.) Enclosure - creating outdoor rooms by enclosing spaces with walls, plant materials, fences, hedges, screens, arbors, cabanas, overhead canopies (trees, awnings, shade cloth )
2.) Shape & Form - using the shape of an object to convey a message or serve as a functional element. Examples - pyramid shape of Leyland cypress for a screen and also to repeat the form of a gable roof. Round smooth shapes seem more natural because geometric lines are not found in nature. Geometric forms and shapes reflect the man made environment .
3.) Focal Points - These are the show stoppers of any outdoor environment. They are the key points that set off a design and turn the ordinary into the spectacular. Focal points direct views and distract the eye from elements that are not to be noticed. They are the parts that make spaces really interesting and worth visiting. They can be objects that hold sentimental value or a special meaning. Focal points can be views of water features, specimen plant materials, mountains, parks, golf courses, benches, stone walls or many other elements.
4.) Planes - Three planes exist in the outdoor environment. Placing an emphasis on one or the other can create different effects for each space.
A. ) Floor plane - ground cover, low plants, paving, patterned hardscape, water
B.) Wall plane - walls, hedges, screens, fences, plant material
C.) Ceiling plane - arbors, tree canopies, covered patios, awnings, cabanas
5.) Texture - The visual stimulate that makes a space interesting and unique. Using the same texture on a floor plane might unify a design. Contrasting textures can play up certain areas and create a visual spark.
6.) Color - We believe in using a little in key areas for focal points and visual interest
7.) Framed Views - By framing certain views and directing the eye, we can call attention to elements we feel are important in the design. A framed view can also be a focal point.
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