If we talk about architecting, the name of United Arab Emirates comes in our mind with all its unbelievable “iconic “structures, where the Emirates Hills is the paradise of splendid villas and gardens, phenomenal for tourists.
The eye catching beauty one one of the villa starts with the garden’s black galaxy granite entrance stairs, past majestic Washingtonia palms, a meticulously pruned bonsai-inspired tree in full bloom, trickling water features and grand fire pots on granite pedestals, it’s clear that the space offers a feast of landscape design.
Nehme Moujaess, Managing Director of Terraverde renovated this enchanter 1,270-square-meter landscaped garden in Emirates Hill, guided by the owner of this garden who had added the finishing touches to the garden, from choosing the bonsai tree at the entrance to the red man lamp on the back patio. To achieve the sophisticated feel the homeowner was after. Nehme and his team were able to tailor the garden for him and his family specifically.
They worked with this client on a previous landscaping project so he knew what they could achieve for this garden. He was looking for something elegant and grand. Nehme and his team recreated the entire landscape, starting with the entrance and parking areas. Nehme believed that “First impressions last, so they wanted to totally transform the spaces that guests first see upon arrival and make sure that these areas really complemented the villa’s architecture. Nehme admits that these renovations were probably the most challenging. The original entrance had a small slope and a lot of steps leading up to the house, so they pulled those down and started again.
They added travertine and limestone accents to the black galaxy granite to polish off the look. Walking around to the back of the house, a massive area with covetable views of the Emirates Golf Club’s greens, the core function of the space becomes clear – entertaining. The owners and his family wanted an alfresco entertainment area that was something of an extension of their home.They wanted a large, covered thatched room with a barbecue, bar and seating area from which to enjoy the expansive golf course views.
Alongside the gazebo is the swimming pool, the only original element in the garden. Nehme replaced its old tiled edges to give it a fresh, modern look but the shape is the same as it’s always been.
They also added a few planters along the edges of the pool to give a lush, tropical feel. Surrounding the pool, entertainment areas and walkways are slabs of beige honed travertine laid in a French pattern and accentuated with Noche travertine, warming up and accentuating the cooler blue and green hues of the swimming pool and foliage.
Detail, detail, detail. That was their mantra when working on this garden. To create a polished landscape that exudes elegance, it”s important not to overlook anything. Nehme considered the garden’s softscape – landscaper’s lingo meaning a garden’s live, horticultural elements – needed to be modern and simple. So they added ornamental shrubs, coconut palms, Washingtonias, Cycas and ground covers, as his client wanted low planting – nothing too busy.
They mainly focused the golf course view, and from the developer’s permission lower the boundary wall to create a feeling of endless space. The garden is grassed using natural carpet grass, really complements the emerald hills of the golf course beyond.
Despite the stunning daytime views, they also put a huge amount of effort in to the landscape’s lighting design, so the garden is at its most charming at night. Lighting can totally transform a space, creating romantic shadows in certain areas and casting golden pools of light in others. Here it allows the family to make the most of their garden. Even they used a combination of lighting, from spike lights to spotlights that prominent each plant, delicate colored lights for walkways and fiber optics that add a twinkling star effect on the entrance and in the driveway, and gave it an outstanding and unique feature that become adorable for visitors.
From Gulf News