Granting a Wish for an Indoor/Outdoor Home in Denver
It started with two Denver residents who had a vision for an elegant yet simple new home design that celebrated the beautiful outdoors and the Colorado sun.
Scott and Annie Huston, founders of Columbine Design Landscape Professionals, recently had the pleasure of contributing to this new home design in the beautiful Observatory Park neighborhood of Denver. The final design was featured in the May 2012 issue of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles for its contemporary timelessness and unique indoor/outdoor design.
In order to establish this outdoor friendly design, architect Scott Lieb of Sparc Design created a great room that seamlessly transitions into a back patio pergola through the use of floor-to-ceiling windows and accordion-style doors. Scott and Annie Huston were then brought in to complete this outdoor living space with beautiful plantings and comfortable and stylish furnishings.
Scott and Annie came up with a design that consisted of multiple seating areas surrounded by strategically placed foliage and colorful annual containers. For the dining area under the pergola, they went with a wooden built-in that adds a sleek, architectural element to the space as well as warm, inviting tones. Another seating area was then arranged with contemporary style outdoor table and chairs by Thos. Baker.
Continuing the theme of indoors meets outdoors, Scott and Annie designed the front yard with stone walls that create boundaries and mimic the strong horizontal lines of the home’s contemporary façade. Scott told Colorado Homes & Lifestyles writer Cheryl Meyers that one of these walls contains a front courtyard that serves as a “visual transition to the front door and foyer, and also serves as an outdoor room to sit and enjoy the bubbling fountain, the flowers and the street activity.”
Winter King Hawthorn and Eastern Redbud ornamental trees add height to the landscape emphasizing the vertical lines of the home’s architecture. Fuchsia, dwarf papyrus, begonias, lotus vines and red sweet potato vines add texture and vibrant color; the “‘icing on the cake’ for the finished product,” as Scott says.
Photos by J Curtis via CH&L