K. Dakin Design won the 2018 CARE award from the Custom Builder and Remodeler Council of Denver for the reimagination of the landscape around this classic organic-modernist home designed by Rocky Mountain architect Charles Haertling.
This second home outside of Sebastopol, CA is perched on a ridge with sweeping views of Bodega Bay. The stunning scale of this environment also provides challenges to creating the feeling of shelter - making the house a home.
Rock walls and flagstone patio create a sheltered outdoor living room in this lush fairy garden. A window-well view is transformed into a painterly scene backed by a stone wall that extends into the rest of the garden.
This terraced flower garden in Boulder was designed to convey the blooming liveliness of a traditional English garden for the climate of Colorado. Flowers take center stage
The owners of this modern home in Denver, Colorado wanted beautiful, drought tolerant native plants in a xeriscape front yard combined with a backyard garden perfect for entertaining.
Dakin designed beds and sourced a greenhouse so elegant that vegetable production ended up taking center stage, showcasing beauty and abundance.
This garden of gray greens and hot-colored blossoms incorporates a sculptural fountain as well as a green roof prairie that melds with dramatic views of the syncline mountain beyond. Excess bluestone paving was turned on its side to create an undulating, sculptural rain garden planted with moisture-loving plants.
This garden mirrored the rugged landscape of the site, located in the rain shadow of Long’s Peak.
This garden centers on the elemental forces of water and fire. Both fountain and fire pit are outdoor sculptures with built-in seating.
This garden for a Midcentury home includes a berm that wraps around the house, screening the front of the home from the street and serving as seating for an amphitheater in the back.
Dakin was hired to transform this garden into a Japanese sculpture garden that contrasts geometric formality with sweeping views of mountain wilderness beyond.
K. Dakin Design transformed this shaded walkway into a lush fern garden inspired by the renowned 20th Century California landscape architect Thomas Church. This project demonstrates how small spaces can become the highlight of the garden.