Fresh design boosts Salt Lake City backyard

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People who live here: Lili Grey and Choshi Venas; their newborn daughter Nora; and their golden retriever

Location: Salt Lake City

Area: 4, 200 sq. ft. (390 sqm)

The Land design team, Lily Gray and Josh Weiner, made specific set of requirements when contacting the land design team to renovate their yard in Salt Lake City. The couple, who recently moved from the San Francisco Bay Area, wanted to add an outdoor kitchen, living area, firefighting features and keep an empty bed of land to grow vegetables.

In addition, they wanted to include a recently acquired Japanese soaking tub, as well as a nod to their new home in the mountains-the old ski lift they bought. Homeowners opted for a phased renovation to extend their initial budget. Let’s take a look at the first phase, which was completed in 2018, which includes lanes and backyards.

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Home Lane, leading to a separate garage at the back of the property, including wall fence concrete-as landscape designer Jeson Kim, the head of the terrain Design group, said “A very cold entrance.”

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New plants and newer lanes have changed the space, creating a more sense of arrival at home. King retains the original concrete lane, but reduces the width so that there are new planting beds. “With the budget in mind, changing lanes is not an option,” Mr. King said, “Instead of ripping everything off and replacing it, we cut the old lane into the desired shape, replenishing the space with a row of columnar trees and interesting plant materials.

Upright ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’) and chartreuse ‘All Gold’ Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’) grow as foundation plantings alongside the house.

A row of ‘Frans Fontaine’ hornbeams (Carpinus betulus ‘Frans Fontaine’) grows on the other side of the driveway, with ‘Voodoo’ stonecrop (Sedum spurium ‘Voodoo’) growing beneath them along the fence.

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King designed the new backyard around an outdoor dining area and outdoor kitchen for the homeowners. “Coming from California, they understood outdoor living and how important useful outdoor space can be,” says King . The outdoor room’s open floor plan easily accommodates a table for six, with extra patio space the homeowners can use to host a larger group. 

The newly planted thornless ‘Shademaster’ honey locust tree (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis ‘Shademaster’) in the bed next to the patio will eventually grow to be a large, vase-shape shade tree, providing a broad canopy to cover the patio with dappled light.

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The new outdoor kitchen features an outdoor fridge and grill, purchased by the homeowner before the renovation, and works to the design by King. Along the fence behind the outdoor kitchen, the melon tree (Lakidambar Styraciflua ‘) along the “slender silhouette,” along with the Japanese Maple trees planted on the side of the patio, will turn into a splendid red and orange before midnight. Unlike other melon breeds, “Slender silhouettes ” maintain a narrow size, ideal for smaller outdoor spaces and drop the smallest seedlings. 

Behind the outdoor kitchen and across the grass, people can see the swing– there’s a custom metal ride, so it can sit where it is- found a home.

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26L Portable Electric Cooler Fridge Food Warmer

Commercial 30 Hot Dog 11 Roller Grill Cooker Machine

2 Person Cushioned Furniture Steel Canopy Swing Chair

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In order to create a lower contour in the landscape, gold partially buried the bathtub in the ground.

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He designed a simple entrance to surround the deck, where people could sit in the bathtub or drop their drinks while enjoying the water. Notice how the beam of the new deck radiates outward, the center width is narrower and the edge width is wider, just like the light of the sun. The simple, elegant deck complements the style and craftsmanship of the Japanese soaking bathtub.

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Portable Bamboo Breakfast Bed Tray w/ Handle
3-Tier Bamboo Bathroom Storage Rack
18″ Bamboo Shower Seat Bench with Storage Shelf

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