El Ranchito Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
This overgrown and neglected yard needed structure. These photos show the master plan as well as work in progress and finished photos. the front yard had two improperly pruned and poorly placed trees at the end of the driveway. The new plan called for cleanup of the mature palm tree and a more asymetraical plan for the front.
The house was quickly dubbed “El Ranchito Vegas”, because it shared a lot of visual similarities along with an early history with the first hotel on the strip, the El Rancho Vegas. So this moniker drove the design process. A split rail style fence and prickly pears were planted along the front provideing visual interest as well as added security against unwanted visitors. Also the color scheme was directly inspired by the old strip hotel! AND we had a small sized windmill placed in front!
First of all the yard needed some definition, so we used inexpensive concrete curbing to define planting areas and straight gravel areas.
The final front porch swing had a perfect view of the Stratosphere and we could hear the screams of delighted vacationers!
There was no privacy in the backyard for the pool, only 4′ high brick block wall. So we extended this wall with a fiberglass extension. Also, we painted the pool to put off an expensive re-plaster job for a few years.