Connected Landscape

After buying their Boulder, Colo., home, the owners decided they wanted to amp up its curb appeal. The existing pink stucco finish added character, but not in a good way. Also, a small patio area did not meet their definition of an outdoor living space. The homeowners contacted Melton Design Build, also in Boulder, after seeing the company’s signs and trucks and hearing about its reputation in the community.

“They were really looking for a covered, secondary space that gave them some shade protection, as the sun can be kind of harsh in Boulder,” says Josh Fiester, a project development manager at Melton Design Build. “As with any outdoor space, we always want it to be experienced from the inside, so you can see the outside and want to spend time out there. Outdoor living spaces aren’t totally disconnected from the house.”

One of the ways the outdoors was brought inside was by creating a more welcoming entryway. Fiester notes that the homeowners wanted bigger glass doors for the entrance and balcony, so they could see more of the outside. The additional elements of a gateway, porch and covered entryway fit the client’s definition of welcoming.

The existing slab of concrete did not create a welcoming feeling to the patio. The new deck area and landscaping give the homeowners a yard because there was no space for a backyard without overwhelming the front of the home. “You definitely had to tie in the landscape with the existing home as opposed to looking at the landscape as its own entity. That was part of the design challenge,” Fiester says.

Although Melton Design Build was not responsible for the landscape work, Fiester notes they had a hand in the landscape design. A new drainage system and the use of irrigation products resolved problematic irrigation issues caused by the yard’s original engineering. Changes to the siding, standing-seam metal roof, powder-coated metal railings and stone landscaping helped the exterior of the home to be low-maintenance and eco-friendly.

“This project is the quintessential design-build project, where we really worked with the customer to outline a reasonable budget, designed for that budget and then were able to construct the project,” Fiester says. “A lot of these very high-level concept-type projects don’t ever get built because they get designed so out-of-whack from reality, and this is a good example of a project that worked out for everybody.”