Easy Living with Napa Garden Landscape Design — Enhanced by Outdoor Fireplace and Water Feature

Not just any backyard makeover, this Napa landscape was a complete transformation

Garden landscape design inspired by Napa Valley: Set amidst the wine country vineyards along the Silverado Trail, the “before” landscape was full of untapped potential. The new landscape design takes advantage of the stunning scenery, while affording the homeowners privacy and comfortable outdoor spaces to enjoy throughout the year.

sketch of Napa landscape design makeover
Shown above: preliminary site plan sketch.
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The master plan: This Napa landscape remodel is an example of a master plan that incorporates beauty and function and capitalizes on the strengths of Catlin Landscape Architecture to visualize a complete landscape makeover.

The walkthrough: The new patio off the master bedroom is both private and inviting. Its cloistered courtyard is separated from the driveway and road by a shotcrete wall that creates an oasis effect and strengthens the intimacy of the space.

The courtyard is truly an outdoor room, an extension of the residence into the garden. Once inside the courtyard the outdoor dining/sitting area beckons — with the outdoor fireplace and shade trellis adding to the comfort and casual elegance.

Integral to the courtyard — and the focal point and fantastic visual cue from the kitchen — is the grape press custom water feature. The press came from the client’s collection of antique farm equipment and offered an opportunity to personalize the water feature.

The courtyard is further embellished with potted plants, raised beds, flowering and fragrant ornamental plants, and ornamental steel gates. Contemporary hardscape design materials include Indiana limestone and Syar stone for the columns and walls.

The spa is slightly recessed into the deck framing and covered by a shade arbor. The elevated spa deck, easily accessed from the house, offers views into the garden, including fruit trees, olives and an older redwood grove.

The indoor/outdoor relationship with the house and pool is especially strong and inviting. The pool and its patio and shade arbor now accommodate the outward swing of the living room’s French doors.

Award-winning project: As with any Catlin Landscape Architecture project, this was a collaborative design effort. I worked closely with architect Tom Knott, and general contractor Redhorse Constructors. Subcontractor Cagwin and Dorward was awarded the top honor of CLCA North Coast Chapter 2010 Installation Sweepstakes Award for this project.

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