Patios provide the best foundation for a relaxing and enjoyable outdoor living space while reducing your landscape’s water and maintenance needs.
Live better and more sustainably with a home patio designed for your lifestyle.
50% of the water used by local single family homes goes outdoors.
How Patios Reduce Home Water Bills:
More patio space means reduced lawn and less organic material to irrigate and care for. In the semi-arid Front Range, stewarding water resources is important even in years where our state receives more rain than usual.
Outdoor Living & Long Term Water Savings
A custom patio not only provides you with the dream space to accommodate outdoor seating, lounging, cooking, and hot tub time, but it also decreases your landscape's water needs with long term payoff. Learn more about sustainability through xeriscape design.
Custom stone work for walkways and steps brings a level of Front Range majesty and elegance to any home while being a much more durable option than wooden or brick alternatives.
Patio Styles We Specialize In:
Our Favorite Materials for Patios:
River rock and siloam stone are two of our favorite materials to work with when creating custom stone work. We have the supply connections, heavy duty equipment, and skilled craftsmanship to design and construct lasting and beautiful stone work at any scale.
Full Service Landscape Design and Construction
We also specialize in helping homeowners choose from ecologically appropriate plant selections to steward water through Xeriscape design and pollinator gardens that are beautiful, easy to maintain, and water wise.
Get Expert Design & Construction Support
Thinking about renovating or updating your home landscape? We’re here to help as the highly rated licensed and insured experts for Colorado’s Denver Metropolitan.
Email us today to schedule a complimentary consultation of your space. We book projects on a first come, first served basis, so now is the perfect time to start a conversation.
Selecting Drought Tolerant Plants and Flowering Perennials
What are the ten best outdoor flowering perennials and evergreen plants to grow in the Denver metro?
We have a number of favorite perennials that are ecologically appropriate for Colorado's Front Range semi-arid climate, but the plants that will thrive best in your unique space depend on a variety of factors that an expert should help assess to avoid costly failed plantings and wasted outdoor water.
Each of our custom design plans starts with a complimentary consultation that carefully considers the above key elements along with how much maintenance you are willing to put into your landscape.
John made a beautiful landscape design keeping our ideas in mind and we were in love with his drawing... We always get compliments for our backyard and it's all thanks to John and his crew."
Our Short-List of Favorite Perennials
Every landscape design should customized for the home and those living there, but a few of our favorite perennials that we often use across design categories include:
John has a creative mind and eye, along with knowledge of plants in our environment. we are very happy with the finished product and have received numerous compliments."
Don’t Risk the Guesswork:
Invest in Professional Consultations For Expert Results
We offer over 18 years of expertise consulting and designing beautiful, ecologically appropriate master landscaping plans specifically adapted for the Front Range’s high altitude, semi-arid, and often extreme climate.
Professional Plant Selection & Master Plan Guidance
Before creating any landscape design plan, we consider all of the important factors around your outdoor space -- from weather elements (especially sun and shade exposure), to timelines of plant maturation and expected foliage and blooming, to complimenting the style of your home, honoring any requirements from your homeowners association, anticipating the behavior of people and animals who may frequent your space, and most importantly-- bringing life to the dreams of how you want to enjoy your outdoor oasis.
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We provide complimentary consultations for design-only and design-and-build landscaping services to homeowners in the Denver metropolitan.
Are you ready to enjoy a home oasis that saves water and is easy to maintain?
Take the guesswork out of plant selection, placement, and irrigation needs.
Learn more about our Wifi Controlled home irrigation and lighting systems here.
Why We Enjoy Fire
Any patio in the Front Range is made complete by an outdoor fire feature to warm your morning or make sunset watching even more cozy and enjoyable.
Outside Fire Features For Home
Outdoor fire features add comfort, style, and function to home. Whether you pride yourself in creating warm and welcoming spaces, or simply cherish personal time outside with something to drink and a good read, the perfect fire feature helps you enjoy outdoor living when temperatures dip low.
Styles of Patio Fire Features
There are a variety of ways to safely incorporate fire elements into your outdoor oasis. Here are a few of our favorite outdoor fire features for Front Range homes:
Considerations For The Best Fire Feature For You
Still not sure which fire feature style would be best for your home? We provide consultation to help you weigh the pros and cons of various fire features for your circumstances and home’s design style.
Designing Deluxe Landscapes
Arterra not only specializes in designing spaces with fire features, but also low-voltage outdoor lighting, water features that wow, dog friendly spaces, and drought-tolerant xeriscapes and gardens.
Ask for a free consultation for our licensed landscape architect today.
Your Pup Deserves A Space to Enjoy
Homeowners and their four legged family deserve an outdoor space that offers room to play and unwind without concern of the safety of your pet or landscape.
We take great pride in designing stylish and durable landscaping where your four-legged friend can frolic without destroying plants and perennials.
Arterra Landscape Design/Build's owner and principal, John Majeski, is a long time dog lover and owner. He understands it can be challenging to create a space that is both beautiful and suited to the needs of your canine companion.
Your four-legged friend probably needs to enjoy the freedom of taking a few rowdy laps around the yard, chasing a ball, and playing freely without causing worry that he or she could destroy delicate landscape elements or accidentally escape your yard for a neighborhood adventure.
Conceptualizing and designing a landscape that truly considers your dog’s behavior and needs is something we delight in. In fact, we’ve brought joy to a number of dogs and their guardians throughout the Denver metro with our unique designs.
In general, dog friendly landscape designs tend to include turf grass, quality fencing, ground covering, shade bearing trees and pergola structures, and protection built around your sensitive plants or garden beds.
Request a complimentary consultation for your dog-friendly landscape today.
Thoughtful Design Solutions
Before offering design solutions, John talks to you about your dog’s behavior and habits. A custom dog friendly landscape plan is thoughtfully informed by your pup’s habits, personality, size, and temperament by our licensed landscape architect.
Here are a few examples of what we mean:
Reduce Outdoor Water Consumption
Many of us make new year's resolutions to create our best life through improved health, finances, and relationships. But how often do we consider the opportunity to make improvements that benefit our home happiness and our home and landscaping's environmental footprint?
If finances and sustainability matter to you, Xeriscape design renovation should be a top consideration for homeowners in Colorado's the Front Range.
What Is Xeriscaping?
Xeriscaping, also sometimes called “smart-scaping” or “drought-tolerant landscaping,” is a set of landscape design principles to benefit areas susceptible to drought or concerned with water conservation, like Colorado's drought-prone Front Range. This style of landscape utilizes water conserving techniques such as the inclusion of drought-tolerant plants; ground covers such as bark, mulch, or rock; and efficient irrigation to create sustainable and functional beauty that also reduces water bills and consumption.
Designs can range from rustic alpine to vibrant xeriscape garden to minimalist zen meditation aesthetics and anything in between.
Water Wise Landscape Designs Rooted In Colorado
Did you know that the Water Department of Denver is credited for coining the word “xeriscape” back in 1981? Really! Denver Water combined "landscape" with “xeros” (the Greek word for “dry”), to make it easier to talk about a style of landscaping suited to the Front Range and other semi-arid regions.
How It Works & Materials To Use
Ask your landscape architect to select plants adapted to the Denver metro’s general weather patterns. (If you have lived near the Mile High City for at least a season or two, you’ll notice how quickly the weather can turn from 70 degrees one day to snowing or below freezing the next!) Your plants need to be adapted to withstand these extremes, and they shouldn't require copious amounts of water remain healthy.
A skilled landscape architect like our award winning designer will create a beautiful plan that is aesthetically pleasing with more than just a drab span of sand or rocks to replace your lawn. Ideally you want to enjoy a beautiful space that is designed to require minimal water consumption and minimal maintenance.
Arterra owner, John Majeski, approaches xeriscape designs considering your area’s average rainfall and what grows indigenously in your area. Instead of expansive sod lawns, he incorporates natural materials like turf grasses, native plants like deciduous shrubs or pine trees, and wildflowers that are hardy enough to sustain the varied temperature swings seen in our region.
Some of John’s favorite plants to work with include roses, ornamental grasses, boxwood, and certain cacti.
Will Xeriscaping Save Me Money?
The costs of xeriscape design and installation range depending on the size of your space, materials used, and variety of plants incorporated. Installation costs are typically on par with more traditional landscapes that rely heavily on sod and perennials, but the long term savings from less intensive maintenance and water consumption typically pay off after several years making your landscape more sensible for your finances and the environment.
When Should I Install A Xeriscape?
While spring is always the most ideal time to install and renovate gardens and lawns, you can generally install xeriscapes anytime throughout the year (weather permitting).
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Arterra is now booking landscape design and construction projects for the spring and summer on a first come, first served basis. We give you accurate, fair, and custom quotes based on a site visit to your property with your personal lifestyle and home’s features in mind.
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