Innsbrook, MO

Rural Go-To Destination

Because of a steep slope wooded area toward the rear of the home, the clients’ desired swimming pool and covered sitting area were placed toward the front.

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Landscape Architect St. Louis

The Site and its Challenges

The biggest issue on this job was to change out the composition of the red clay soil that makes it tougher for new plants to get accustomed to their location.
Irrigation St. Louis

Soil and Irrigation

We tested the soil to determine what amendments of organic matter would need to be made to improve conditions. We also introduced an easy-to-use ground-water irrigation system in 15 stations throughout the site where new plant materials were introduced.

In-Ground Pool Architect St. Louis

Swimming Pool

The gently sloping topography of the site informed the pool’s placement, along with sandstone retaining walls as anchors. Because of the desire to swim laps, we used a classic rectangular shape and edged it with more of the same sandstone material to offer a cohesive, rustic appearance that best fits the bucolic property.

Pergola Seating area and Fire Pit

Louvered cover open-air porch design shelters a seating area adjacent to the pool, but which is a few steps higher because of the slope, thereby offering good views of swimmers and a place from which kids can jump into the pool. A short distance away, we constructed a round fire pit, again from sandstone, and set in a manner that fits the rustic setting with flagstone flooring and framed in curving stone walls.

Stone Architectural Bridge St. Louis

Stone Bridge

Again, because of the site’s slope, we had the opportunity to construct a stone bridge over a dry creek stream that was designed to manage the runoff water on the surface rather than putting water into drain boxes and pipes that can clog.

Gardner St. Louis

New Planting materials and Lighting

To gain seasonal color year-round, we planted a significant mix of flowering trees, perennials, roses, annuals, and groundcover.

The Site and its Challenges

The biggest issue on this job was to change out the composition of the red clay soil that makes it tougher for new plants to get accustomed to their location.
  • Irrigation St. Louis

    Soil and Irrigation

    We tested the soil to determine what amendments of organic matter would need to be made to improve conditions. We also introduced an easy-to-use ground-water irrigation system in 15 stations throughout the site where new plant materials were introduced.

  • In-Ground Pool Architect St. Louis

    Swimming Pool

    The gently sloping topography of the site informed the pool’s placement, along with sandstone retaining walls as anchors. Because of the desire to swim laps, we used a classic rectangular shape and edged it with more of the same sandstone material to offer a cohesive, rustic appearance that best fits the bucolic property.

  • Pergola Seating area and Fire Pit

    Louvered cover open-air porch design shelters a seating area adjacent to the pool, but which is a few steps higher because of the slope, thereby offering good views of swimmers and a place from which kids can jump into the pool. A short distance away, we constructed a round fire pit, again from sandstone, and set in a manner that fits the rustic setting with flagstone flooring and framed in curving stone walls.

  • Stone Architectural Bridge St. Louis

    Stone Bridge

    Again, because of the site’s slope, we had the opportunity to construct a stone bridge over a dry creek stream that was designed to manage the runoff water on the surface rather than putting water into drain boxes and pipes that can clog.

  • Gardner St. Louis

    New Planting materials and Lighting

    To gain seasonal color year-round, we planted a significant mix of flowering trees, perennials, roses, annuals, and groundcover.

Rural Landscape St. Louis

Enhanced Rural Retreat

The biggest issue on this job was to change out the composition of the red clay soil that makes it tougher for new plants to get accustomed to their location. With soil amendments and a new irrigation system, plants will become established and thrive for the long term.

In-Ground Pool Architect St. Louis

4th of July Destination

Swimming Pool, Covered Seating, Fire Pit, and Rural Acres Become a Go-To Destination. The homeowners’ house and grounds are the site of a large annual Fourth of July party.

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