The Carlsbad Entertainer

A Backyard Paradise

We call this An Upgrade

This Landscape Assistance client has a home located in the hills of La Costa / Carlsbad and a great location to spend temperate coastal evenings outdoors. Their home came equipped with a functional backyard set up but after a few years in the house, they were ready for an upgrade. It was important to these homeowners to have a backyard outdoor space that was fit for entertaining, could handle a large group of mingling friends, a large table for outdoor dining, fire pit, relaxing water feature and top of the line outdoor kitchen. Landscape Assistance provided a design for their existing space and then installed all of the above – and more. Per the special request of the homeowner, a custom outdoor yoga and meditation platform crafted out of ipe wood was also incorporated into the landscape.

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Though many impressive amenities were added to this outdoor renovation, the fire-pit stands out a focal point. Raised on a platform with two steps rimmed with bull-nose red brick from Pacific Clay and pavers laid out in a circular pattern bring the eye toward the gas fire-pit. This fire-pit turns on with the flip of a switch and produces a strong amount of heat for cozy nights by the fire. The natural ledge of veneer stone panels from East West Stone surround the raised pit and it is capped with a taupe stained concrete ledge. 

The outdoor kitchen (pictured above) features a features a poured in place stained concrete countertop that ties into the ledge around the fire-pit. The outdoor kitchen prep area also contains a Bull BBQ, refrigerator and functional drawers. There is also a stainless steel sink to the left of the BBQ (not pictured).

Rail road ties were used as stairs to provide access to the slopes.
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The philodendron plant in the foreground was an existing plant in the landscape that we transplated to a better location.

Neutral Tones Tie together outdoor Spaces

The pavers used throughout this renovation are RCP El Dorado Stonetop tumbled pavers in the color ‘sky ranch’. In the background of the photo to the right is the water featured also installed by Landscape Assistance. 

Our clients often request water features because they are a great aesthetic addition to any landscape, however; we always remind clients that a water feature functions like a pool. The pump needs to be run every single day to ensure water quality and maintain the highest operation of the feature. 

Every detail of this outdoor landscape and hardscape design was handpicked by the homeowner under the guidance of Landscape Assistance. Many different products and colors were picked to work in harmony to execute the vision of the homeowner and to tie in with existing plant material. 

The firepit at dusk. Note the custom lighting that was installed throughout the landscape.
A frontal view of the custom water feature.
An alternative view of the finished outdoor design. The countertop height was requested by the client to accomodate barstools and the festoon lighting provides a fun partylike atmosphere.
Harvey Meditation Platform Landscape Assistance

A Special Addition

An important addition per the request of our Carlsbad homeowner was this custom ipe wood meditation and yoga platform. This platform is the perfect size to roll out a mat and practice in an outdoor environment while enjoying the ambient sound of the water feature located nearby. 

One of our favorite things at Landscape Assistance is designing alongside our client. We’ll provide the tools, crew and expertise but we want your input to ensure you’re getting the outdoor landscape and renovation of your dreams. 

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