My clients approached me with their desire to create an expansive, modern, oceanside outdoor living area for their new home in Comox. The design needed to be functional, making use of the entirety of the available space incorporating many elements: a patio area, hot tub, water feature, fire pit, pergola and dining area, outdoor kitchen, and studio for mindful retreat.
So many of these elements to include while remaining uncluttered and simple in its lines. The garden’s plantings need encompass the expansive views of the Comox Estuary and Beaufort Range. Vivid, textural plantings soften the crisp lines of patio, pergola and water features, adding movement and depth to the space.
THEME BOARDS are critical to provide a vision of the details of the design during concept development, and illuminate planting schemes and colour palettes.
A FULL COLOUR SCALE FINAL DESIGN (see below) details all the features and materials, with a Dimension Plan on a separate drawing for contractor use. A Planting Plan with Master Plant List is also included to ensure plants, quantities and sizes are outlined for installation.
UPDATED: OCTOBER 2020 The journey that is the design process was crucial for these clients as it was a process that led to a complete revision of the entire project AFTER having completed the final design. Subsequent to many edits and revisions we achieved a balanced layout and the installation was completed 90% by November 2020. Plantings and hardscape will blend together over the next few years and will evolve into a stunning oceanside retreat. The excellent team at Island Waterscape installed this design.
The tile used for this expansive patio is the Aristokrat Porcelain Slab, in Tuscan Travertine, sourced from Abbotsford Concrete Products. It has rich, creamy depths, with hints of charcoal and ochre, blending beautifully with the harder grey of concrete and the natural bronze tones of grasses and perennials selected.