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A Lake Quivira backyard makeover that delights the imagination. Developed in the 1920’s as a unique residential and recreational community, Lake Quivira has lived up to every romantic expectation of a recreational retreat. For nearly a century it has remained a bulwark against the busy lives led outside this lakeside haven. The best things in life, however, are sometimes defined by the smallest things; such as a space that has evolved from one’s own imagination. One Lake Quivira homeowner set out to do just that with help from expert landscape designer Kelly VanElders. Wanting a backyard space that was more than just a place to enjoy an occasional barbecue, VanElders and the resident created a meaningful and invigorating space that delights the imagination and the soul. “Lake Quivira is a residential lake community. Each home was a custom home and so reflected the needs and design preferences of the owner. This gave the community a very eclectic and authentic feel which it retains to this day; even though many of the original homes have been either modified or torn down for new structures,” VanElders explained of the community. Since recreational pursuits are so close at hand, the resident wanted a space that was more about peaceful relaxation derived from nature. “The backyard was a blank slate except for a few existing oak trees,” VanElders began. “It is built on a rather steep incline with about a 20-foot incline from front to back of the property. This caused some drainage challenges which had to be considered and addressed in the design.” The result was a timeless design that looks both pulled directly from nature, yet intricately designed. The property lends itself to an undulating and freeing design that leaves the straight edges and symmetry so common to most designs, behind. PLEASE TURN THE PAGE

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Kansas City Homes & Style July/August 2015  

Relax!... Life on the water, outdoor living spaces, succulent seafood and stylish summer attire.

Kansas City Homes & Style July/August 2015  

Relax!... Life on the water, outdoor living spaces, succulent seafood and stylish summer attire.