Issaquah Highlands Residence

Issaquah Highlands Residence

This landscape was designed to create a lodge-style feel for the property that blends with its surroundings (and complies with strict HOA requirements). The dry creek bed and large boulders create an organizational feature for the plantings in the front yard, doubling as drainage for the area. The gas fire pit and patio were sited to make maximum use of the views. Three large boulders function as impromptu seating in this area. Plantings were selected for their low maintenance and deer resistant qualities.

Multiple sub-alpine fir trees create a strong vertical element in the landscape without blocking views. Plantings were selected to enhance the style of the home. The dry creek bed is the organizing structure for all of the plantings in the front yard and directs water into catch basins on either side of the entry walkway. The dry creek bed also functions as an informal path leading from the main entry to the side yard steps. The boulder serves as the head of the dry creek bed. The plantings nestle the large rock outcrops into the landscape. Three boulders create an informal seating around patio and gas fire pit, sited to take advantage of views of Bellevue, Seattle and the mountains beyond. The attractive entry walk to the home was designed to be a bridge over the dry creek bed and serve as overflow parking. Huckleberry risers were installed as a stairway to the backyard. Shade loving plants add color and texture while a row of arborvitae screen the property line. The courtyard features a small water feature and a kinetic sculpture. The decorative gravel pathway ties in with the stone facade of the walls and columns. The side view of the home shows how the landscape elements integrate with the built form and nestle the house into the site.