Cantera Stone Courtyard

There is nothing like natural stone to add just the right note to your courtyard landscaping. After all, this is the first part of any home that visitors see as they pass between the yard and are greeted at the door. For many Scottsdale and Phoenix homeowners, making the right impression from the curb is important.

Cantera stone works with any style, be it formal and elegant or relaxed in both contemporary and rustic surroundings. Indigenous to Mexico, it has been used for building, decorative pieces and stone paving that last. The word ‘cantera’ means quarry in Spanish. The stone can vary in color, depending on the location it comes from, but it is always beautiful. Cantera is also perfect for carving and used to make many items from balusters to benches and ornaments.

This recently completed courtyard design is clean and classy, a look that would work with anyone’s home or taste. The homeowner selected a fantastic iron gate that really sets off the new courtyard. Landscaping is minimal, making for ultra low maintenance and placed prominently in the center of the space where it softens the hardscaping from any viewing angle. Annual color in the bed can be changed with the seasons to give the area some variety. Adding a few pots with plants brings some bloom and texture to the walls without a lot more work needed to keep the new outdoor room looking great.

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