“We gave the owners back their backyard.” Principles of Northland Design Group Ryan Talbot and Jeremy Fillmore discuss design decisions behind an Orem landscape.

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“As we get closer to the home, the lines of the design relate more to the architecture. Away from the house, we bring in some curves and angles that better relate to the landscape,” Talbot explains.

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A freeform, crushed-granite trail leads from the formal entry wall to the side yard’s hand-crafted gate. “The granite has a nice, soft look that relates well to the plantings and landscape design,” Talbot explains. 

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Architectural Designer Steve Tiek added French doors to the family room and narrowed the upper deck beyond them, allowing river and garden views to enter the interior space. He broadened the deck areas outside of the kitchen and master bedroom to create spacious outdoor living areas. 

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Strategically placed potted topiaries complement the entry’s more formal, symmetrical design.

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“The dry-stack stone walls were inspired by walls I saw while in England,” says Talbot.


Explore the full yard here.