Landscapes are an environmental expression of a lifestyle, a reflection of your personality, preferences and sense of style. The landscape should have some connectivity to the site, architecture and interior decorum and integrate into the “landscape at large”” or greater perspective. Landscapes are an opportunity to create the environment conducive for your lifestyle, recreational, entertaining … More Exterior, Landscape and Environment.
Consulting and design for both Interior and Exterior environments on this West Coast Contemporary residence.
Interior / Exterior Design “This project was another wonderful opportunity to work both on the Landscape Plan as well as Interior Design.”
Larry Myers of Alfresco Living Design was awarded best of houzz 2022 in part for work completed for interior design as well as exterior design work. Working seamlessly in a multitude of environments result in continuity of spaces supporting a life style for indoor and outdoor living and an individualized sense of space.
Interior Design … More Inside Out
Alfresco Living Design Alfresco Living Design Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016 Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodelling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World Alfresco Living Design of Victoria, British Columbia has won “Best Of Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodelling and design. … More Best of Houzz 2016
Alfresco Living Design Alfresco Living Design Awarded Best Of Houzz 2015 Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodelling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World Alfresco Living Design of Victoria, British Columbia has won “Best Of Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodelling and design. … More Best of Houzz 2015
Exterior Staging “Prepare to List” In todays competitive market place, a return on investment and securing a sale may require planning and preparation. First impressions are important and the “curb appeal” is essential to get people into the home. Today’s life style extends beyond the residence, and outdoor spaces continue to represent a large portion … More Staging a Landscape
Solar Study for a Landscape Design on a residential Small Lot Subdivision. This information is a very powerful tool for decision making and substantiating the rationale to all stake holders.
The modern architectural design by Russ Treloar provided an opportunity to envelope the residence and ground the structure to the site. A conscious decision to compartmentalize the landscape enabled the creation of a progression of garden sections. The address and entrances are more structured and formal, designed to emphasize and reinforce the structural geometry of … More Oak Lanes / The Concept
There are a number of factors that dictate the use of geometry I choose to use in any particular design. I always consider the Architecture of the residence and accessory structures existing on site. When considering the use of hardscaping in the landscape, it is essential to have some linkage to the existing structures. The … More Geometry in the Landscape
Spring will soon be upon us and many us welcome the patio season. For those looking to extend the exterior living space, support lifestyle and meet objectives, there are design principles to consider. A good design will both function efficiently and offer aesthetic value compatible with an individuals style preference. The first is order, which is … More On the Patio
Patio systems should allow for efficient flow and access. Lifestyle, recreational use and function is determined by the spatial delineation and design layout. Connectivity and access to the residence is important. How the patio is designed and configured will in part define the use of the space and determine the flow of movement. When designing … More Patio Design
Change is in the Wind I am currently working on several design projects. Ultimately I will be producing a planting schedule and plan for my clients. The weather patterns over the past few years indicate a change, and at times have not been conducive for planting or even remotely reminiscent of accepted biogeoclamatic zones. Coupled … More Zonal Denial
Art and Landscape Joanne Gauthier, “Like Anyone Else” As a designer I find inspiration in all aspects of my life. How can one not be moved by the beauty of the natural world, the environment we create for ourselves through architecture, interior decorum and art. When I am working on a landscape design, I always … More Indoor Art Connects Landscape
Garden Suites Garden Suite The City of Victoria has introduced a Garden Suite Policy. A Garden Suite is a detached legal suite located in the rear yard on property, with an Existing Land Use currently zoned with a Single Family Dwelling designation. The existing residence cannot have an existing suite. This may be a viable … More Garden Suites
Circulation and spatial management is import for efficiency, connectivity and defines how we use and move within the landscape. Design with flow and circulation creates a more balanced and versatile landscape. Create a sense of discovery with movement through a space. Have destinations and reward the viewer with surprise, discovery and a new perspective to … More Circulation in the Landscape
“Size Matters” I recently was commissioned to complete a landscape plan for a project qualifying under the Small Lot Subdivision Policy in the City of Victoria. A lot zoned for a single family dwelling was subdivided and two new homes were constructed on small adjoining lots. The two homes have a basement, main floor and … More Size Matters
Romanticism and the Landscape Landscapes Evoke Emotions “Monet”, Musee de L’Orangerie, Paris Art is provocative and reflects thought, state of mind and relevance for a particular artist and perhaps has relevance for society at that particular time . When traveling, galleries and museums are always on the itinerary. I find it fascinating to … More Landscapes Evoke Emotions
Influences I do not subscribe to any particular fashion or trend in my personal or professional life. It is fair to be aware of certain influences and emerging directions that may warrant consideration. Landscapes are changing as society evolves. Again, demographics, economics and technology all have impacts. The following list highlights a number of practices … More Emerging Trends