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Steel and Turf in Tucson

Feb 12, 2023

Architect: Prideaux Design

Location: Tucson, Arizona, USA

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Photos: Fletcher and Co.

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The clients (a middle-aged couple) requested a remodel of their back yard to align the space with their newly remodeled home. They weren’t sure exactly what the space needed but they knew it felt drab and dated. The wife was born and raised in England and thus was hoping for a greener and more colorful garden than is typical for our area.

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The Steel and Turf design intent was to create a space that brought the fresh, clean, and modern aesthetic of the newly remodeled interior to the outdoor spaces. The existing pool and hardscape needed to be carefully considered to decide what could be removed and what could be maintained to keep within the given budget. The planting plan should use lush looking native and near-native plants, along with structural and architectural plant choices to bridge the idea of an ‘English garden’ with a modern desert garden.

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The challenge of this space was to determine a scope to the remodel that would allow a new and fresh look while keeping within a budget. To do this, it was determined that the existing pool and surrounding concrete deck would not be remodeled.

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The two levels of the space allowed for a clear division between what would be removed and remodeled and what would remain. The level change created an opportunity to create a dramatic and expansive stair, using steel risers and turf filled treads, that would be the visual focal for the entire space.

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Steel plate also creates the retaining wall flanking the stair to provide a much more modern look than a traditional masonry wall. A new layout with more modern lines was designed for the new concrete on the upper patio. The spa was remodeled only cosmetically with a new tile surface that had great visual impact for the cost.

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A large planter, filled with specimen cactus and a water feature, was designed to bring height and a terminal view along the back side of the pool. An outdoor kitchen was added to the side patio to be convenient to the kitchen inside the home.

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Steel and Turf Garden in Tucson, Arizona – Building Information

Design: Prideaux Design –

Landscape and hardscape Contractor: Desert State Landscape Construction –

Completion date: 2018

Steel and Turf Garden Tucson USA

Photography: Fletcher and Co.

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