Bricked & Beautiful

A little-used yard got a complete re-do to become a great space for entertaining.

BY DEBBY LARSEN

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATT VACCA

The owners of a midcentury-style home wanted to create a landscape that would honor the design aesthetic of the house. They contacted Landscape Designer Kathryn Prideaux of Prideaux Design to re-envision their barren, 1,500-square-foot backyard. She reached out to Cimarron Circle Construction Company to build the pool, and Sonoran Gardens Inc. for the green spaces.

The plan was to retain one key existing element — the brick walls. They were in good condition, which helped with the budget, and also complemented the home’s architecture. However, the walls’ original wood panel inserts were too worn to save. They were replaced with rusted steel panels set within a one-inch frame. Continuing the rusted steel aesthetic, a new self-closing gate and steel screen panels were fabricated and placed at opposite ends of the garden.

 

The patio’s support beams were replaced with four-by-four-inch square steel posts. An integral color concrete patio with a pebble-etched finish was installed and extended to the pool’s edge. A small area adjacent to the pool features stabilized decomposed granite defined by steel strap edging. Prideaux’s jewel-like design of this raised-edge pool takes center stage, with its turquoise glass tile exterior and pebble finish interior. The stunning contrast between the rusted steel components and the glass-tiled pool creates a modern vibe.

Prideaux chose drought-tolerant plants in her design, such as Yellow Bird of Paradise and Palo Verde “Sonoran Emerald.” The shrubs included Artemesia, Desert Milkweed, Gopher Plant, Deer Grass, Lady’s Slipper and Rosemary. Agave “Blue Glow,” Weber’s Agave, Grass Tree and Mexican Fencepost added sculptural elements to the space.

Now, the backyard encourages entertaining and relaxing, plus it creates a beautiful space to view from indoors.

Sources:

Landscape Design: Prideaux Design, Prideaux-Design.com

Garden Contractor: Sonoran Gardens, Inc., SonoranGardensInc.com

Pool Contractor: Cimarron Circle Construction Company, CimarronCircle.com

About Us

Tucson Lifestyle Magazine is Tucson's only glossy, monthly city magazine, targeting Southern Arizona’s affluent residents. With over 35 years of publishing experience, Tucson Lifestyle is committed to showcasing the people, places, local flavors, and attractions that make our city unique.

General Information

Phone: 520-721-2929 x 102
Address: 7000 E Tanque Verde Rd # 11,
Tucson, AZ 85715

Latest Posts
  • September Gardening Calendar

    September Gardening Calendar

    Sunny days still bring the heat, but cooler nights hint of things to come. It’s time to dig out your gardening tools! PLANT Plant citrus while the weather is still warm. Choose varieties that are better adapted to desert conditions. …
  • Inn-spiration

    Inn-spiration

    This midtown house took its design cues from its famous neighbor. BY ROMI CARRELL WITTMAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY HASKELL This midtown house took its design cues from its famous neighbor. Tucked away on an elegant, pavered street across from the …
  • Foot Notes

    Foot Notes

    Keeping your feet healthy involves preventive care, and knowing when to see a professional. by Kimberly Schmitz Think about feet for a moment. They are really quite a marvel. Twenty-six bones, 30 joints, more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments, …