Initial Landscaping


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The year was 1976 and I could not believe my good fortune. I had just purchased an unbelievable piece of nature in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It included a small knoll off the street and was surrounded by two hundred acres of City Park.



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The following year I built my home on the knoll in the foreground. The knoll has steep slopes on three sides, and tons of fill dirt to the street on the fourth side. I was a young dentist so I built what I could knowing that it would take time to develop the property in a way that the setting demanded.


The foyer was built minimally using cedar siding instead of drywall to save money and to bring the ‘outside in’. Construction pine wood was used for the trim. Shown here also is the original kitchen which was integral in the design of the final pond/stream project. The flooring for the foyer, hallway, and dinning room was made inexpensively from concrete poured into colored moulds while the cabinets were also of pine wood built by the framers of the house. Between the dinning room and the kitchen was a breakfast nook which led to an outside flagstone patio. Bold wallpaper was the trend.


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The slope to the front door was so sever that my first task was to build a wooden walkway deck from the driveway. I retained the ground underneath with railroad ties. To add interest I built a winding stream under the deck out of fiberglass. I started the stream with a small pool at the front door and ended it in a slightly larger pool near the driveway. Here I located a submersible pump which pumped the water back up to the upper pool. I mentioned this because this was my first lesson with water and pond building. Such a small volume of water with so much evaporation had to be refilled constantly!

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After Initial Landscaping

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