6 Large Backyard Landscaping Ideas We Noticed At This New House In California

August 7, 2020
Modern farmhouse landscaping ideas that include a lounge, dining pergola, and swimming pool.

Feldman Architecture worked together with Arterra Landscape Architects to design the exterior spaces of the Woodpecker Ranch, a contemporary house for a family in California.

Let’s take a look at the various outdoor areas that make up the landscape design…

1. Outdoor Sitting Rooms

A series of outdoor rooms provide a place to relax in the shade of a large tree, while paths connect all of the different areas of the garden.

A modern outdoor lounge with U-shape seating and a fire table.

A secondary outdoor living room surrounded by greenery has a pergola, which over time will have plants creating shade cover.

A modern lounge that has a pergola with vines growing on it.

2. A Swimming Pool Surrounded By Sunbeds

Both outdoor living rooms lead to the swimming pool, which has sunbeds lined up on two sides, while a casual dining table is nearby.

A large swimming pool surrounded by sunbeds and lush landscaping.

3. A Place Dedicated To Growing Food

The property also has raised vegetable gardens, an orchard, and a chicken coop that provides a harvest for the homeowner who has a culinary background.

A modern farmhouse with raised vegetable gardens.

4. A Kitchen With Bar

A building separate from the main house is dedicated to an outdoor kitchen, making it easy to prepare the harvested food, while stools create a bar area, and shade is provided by the porch design.

A custom outdoor kitchen with bar seating and patio.

5. An Alfresco Dining Area

A pizza oven and large dining terrace with a pergola provides even further places to cook and entertain, while a water feature helps to create a tranquil setting.

An outdoor dining area underneath a pergola with hanging lights and a wood fire pizza oven.

6. A Place To Play Games

As edible plants are scattered throughout the garden, the family can discover herbs and fruit to snack on as they make their way around the property, from the pool to the bocce court. The small retaining walls adjacent to the bocce court also double as bench seating that can be used while watching the game.

A modern farmhouse yard with a bocce court.
Photography by Paul Dyer | Architecture: Feldman Architecture | Interiors: Kendall Wilkinson Design | Landscape Design: Arterra Landscape Architects | Builders: Clarum Homes | Structural Engineer: Max Chen & Associates | Civil Engineer: Clifford Bechtel & Associates