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If you had unlimited budget and professional staff to help, what would the setting and landscape be like around your ideal house?

Asked by jca (35976points) August 20th, 2011

If you had tons of money and landscape designers and professional staff to help, what would the landscape and setting be like for your ideal house?

Would it be near ocean, lake, stream, woods, desert, mountains, plains, forest? Would it have lawn, bushes, trees, flowers, what type of flora? Would it have bridges, pool, patio, deck, outdoor kitchen? Would it be formal or casual?

If you could do anything you wanted for the landscape and have the house located anywhere you wanted, what would you choose? The sky’s the limit…..

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snowberry's avatar

For starters, a lovely water feature with a waterfall and fish. Lots of big trees, an Italian garden, and a vegetable garden big enough for canning and sharing with the neighbors. And a big fence all around to keep out unwanted critters and children/trespassers. I like kids, but not the malicious kind.

I’m not fond of swimming, but I might put in a pool too because it’s good exercise.

rebbel's avatar

Some acres of greener-than-the-other-side-of-the-hill grass lawn.
Plus a beach and a shallow bottom piece of sea.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Actually, with virtually no money and a lot of hard work, my own yard is turning into exactly what I would dream it could be. We have two water features, two waterfalls, koi, lots of tall foliage and natural stone. It’s my little sanctuary. If we could have a fence (which would require a massive retaining wall… which is where that unlimited budget and professional help will be handy) and a bricked in grill & fire pit, I’d be set. The latter of the two projects will happen in due time… the retaining wall/fence, probably never.

tedibear's avatar

@ANef_is_Enuf – Are you for hire? Our yard is a landscaping nightmare and neither of us is especially enamored of yardwork. There’s a lot of stuff I want gone so we can make it just grass in many places.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

I’d have Bill Graham’s former Masada compound in Marin County, California. The interior would be minimalist bohemian if there is such a thing in actual practice. Most furniture would be built in and most rooms would have sky view ceilings. The grounds would be neatly groomed around the house but left to look overgrown and idyllic near common access. Several friends would be invited to come live there with us.

There would be fig, avocado, peach, apricot, nectarine, cherry, orange, grapefruit, Meyers lemon, Key lime and kumquat trees. Blackberry bushes would be allowed along with artichoke, wild currants and strawberries. We’d have organic/free range meats brought in from nearby private farms, maybe run by other friends/family. I’d seed/sponsor several friends to start up their studios locally and used Masada as a home office.

YARNLADY's avatar

I like waterfalls and the sound of the ocean, so someplace where a stream flows into the ocean, and the weather stays in the 70’s year round would be perfect. I like natural, no care required landscaping. Inside will be cluttered, and I need lots of tables and shelves.

marinelife's avatar

My house would be in a clearing in the woods. Surrounded by groomed trails with wildflowers planted all around.

There would be a water view.

mazingerz88's avatar

I would go for the Amazon forest theme. A big waterfall inside the house as its main feature, enclosed in the thickest glass there is to minimize the sound. The bathrooms would look natural too like you are taking a shower under a small waterfall under a mountain. Can I use some of the budget to hire a butler that dresses up like Bigfoot?

Brian1946's avatar


“I’d have Bill Graham’s former Masada compound in Marin County, California.”

Are you referring to the former concert promoter?

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