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Modern Landscape Design

For this project I decided on a modern style landscape design to tie in with my modern architecture attribute. The clean lines and open spaces of my concrete work will create a contemporary outdoor space. I came up with a flowing design of terraced geometrical shapes, grid patterns in the concrete flat work, and the extensive use of unfinished cmu block to give an urban feel. I’m trying to create more of an extension from the house and outdoor living spaces rather than a traditional lawn and garden.

When constructing my modern privacy screens I continued the cmu block wall as a base and used galvanized Postmaster steel posts which then support the Cedar 1 x 8 boards. These posts are great, they are pre-drilled and will last for years. I kept the spacing at around 5 feet to keep the boards straight and I’ll stain them after they dry out in a few days.

The finishing touch will be all native, drought tolerant plants which I have carefully selected. Of course I ran sprinklers for very moderate watering  but the whole design will be almost maintenance free and save water.

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  2. By tj & the bear on Jan 6, 2013 | Reply

    Two questions:
    1) What’s happening out back?
    2) What’s the new target date?
    Otherwise, still looking great!

  3. By Tom on Jan 7, 2013 | Reply

    ..small slab patio out back, minimal native drought tolerant plants, canyon. Small area to plant stuff but no big yard. Countertops finally going in this week, the cabinet guys have held the interior hostage for 2 weeks from any other real interior progress. Last big thing inside is the plumbing trim out then its final punch list of details. Almost done. Happy New Year!

  4. By Katia on Feb 5, 2014 | Reply

    Hi tom. I am new here. Love the fence. Where can I buy the metal reel to hold the wood in place. I live in NJ

  5. By Katia on Apr 8, 2014 | Reply

    By Katia on Feb 5, 2014 | Reply
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    Hi tom. I am new here. Love the fence. Where can I buy the metal reel to hold the wood in place. I live in NJ.

  6. By Katia on Apr 8, 2014 | Reply

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    Hi tom. I am new here. Love the fence. Where can I buy the metal reel to hold the wood in place. I live in NJ..

  7. By Katia on Apr 8, 2014 | Reply

    Please reply

  8. By Tom on Apr 9, 2014 | Reply

    Those are “Jiffy Posts” and can be found at Home Depot…

  9. By Tom on Apr 9, 2014 | Reply

    oops, I mean “Postmaster”

  10. By Katia on Apr 16, 2014 | Reply

    Thanks Tom. I feel really inspired your projects. I could not find the Jiffy Post in the Home Depot. Can you share a link,

    Thank you so much.

  11. By Tom on Apr 16, 2014 | Reply

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Master-Halco-1-8-in-x-3-1-8-in-x-7-1-2-ft-Metal-Post-633663/202091158

    Those modern fence posts are at Home Depot, they are galvanized so they wont rust. Above is the link.

  12. By Katia on Jul 19, 2014 | Reply

    Thank you. 🙂

  13. By Jarrett on Oct 10, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Tom, Great job on the fence, i am planning a similar fence now. Did you make the gate with horizontal planks with the post master poles?

    If so i’d like to see some pics if you have them. Thanks!

  14. By Tom on Apr 1, 2015 | Reply

    That gate is traditional framing, no metal posts.

  15. By George on Jun 11, 2016 | Reply

    Hello Tom, Love your fence. I am planing a similar fence in my backyard thanks to your great work. What size and kind of screws did you use to secure the 1×8 cedar board to the postmaster metal post. Thanks George

  16. By Tom on Jun 13, 2016 | Reply

    Stainless Steel screws with large heads…or anything that wont rust I guess.

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