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“The lawn area is oval shaped and includes the addition of spruce and magnolia tree to complement the existing oak trees. We also included some perennials and shrubs to highlight and accent but not overpower the design.” The patio area is a seamless extension of the lawn and avoids the abrupt disruption with a curved edge transition. “The patio incorporates natural stone and, for the outdoor fireplace, the exact same brick as incorporated into the home structure. The wall and the flooring use sandstone. Except for the floor and the low wall seating hearth directly in front of the fireplace, there is no smooth surface.” The back wall which incorporates the fireplace, serves as an additional retaining structure but also a beautiful point of interest, with a rough natural face and many recessed areas to add beauty and function. “To the left of the fireplace as you face it is a circular end cap which serves as a planter, or as a beverage center. Above that and moving to the right is a storage area accented by silver doors. To the right of the brick fireplace is a 24 inch deep area to store cut wood. Throughout the wall area are small 5 inch deep areas meant to hold candles for additional ambiance,” described VanElders. The natural stone flooring also holds unexpected touches. “The owner wanted to include a subtle touch that many may not even notice, or know the significance. As you look at the flooring, you will see many natural variations of color and woven into that design are three-inch quartz stars that reflect the position of Orion’s Belt in the

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night’s sky. It is intended to add interest, but be subtle enough that would be missed with only a cursory view. Like every other feature of this backyard design, it is like a gift that you find with observation,” VanElders concluded of the Lake Quivira gem.

Kansas City Homes & Style July/August 2015  
Kansas City Homes & Style July/August 2015  

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