Outdoor Living Landscaping and the Timeless Beauty of Wrought Iron
Gates can be functional no doubt, limiting ingress and egress into a community, home or business. Some gates are functional while others are decorative. Some gates are functional and ugly. Some gates are functional and beautiful, perhaps even stunning, adding elegance and beauty to outdoor living landscaping areas. As AZ custom home builders we enjoy assisting our customers with the selection of various gates designed into their custom home. In Arizona, perhaps due to the popularity of the Tuscan style, we have incorporated a wide variety of wrought iron gates into custom homes. Wrought iron gates, both functional and decorative have become very popular as man-gates at the entrances to homes. Wrought iron driveway gates have also become popular, particularly where lots are large and homes have the estate feel.
Outlined below are examples of wrought iron gates used in some of our custom homes highlighting the notion of substantial design and anchoring the architectural features of a house. The photo above of the Tuscan style home with over grouted rough-edged stone and wrought iron lanterns is an example of a substantial wrought iron gate helps achieve the ‘estate’ feel in this custom home. There is nothing flimsy or wimpy about this walk-in gate. The solid overhead arch and large kick plate help to achieve the look of a massive, yet elegant entry. Taken from inside the walk-in gate, the second photo of this home emphasizes how the wrought iron entry door, Cinderella gate in the overhead window, stone, wood pillars, earthy pavers, and red roof tiles, complement each other and pull together this Tuscan style. Highlighted below is an enlarged photo of the wrought iron drive-in gate’s large metal rails, solid overhead arch and large kick plate also emphasizes its substantial construction.
The wrought iron man-gate on this custom home transitions the home’s grass and yard areas to the home’s forecourt or front courtyard. A wrought-iron view fence that also demarcates this area provides forecourt privacy and an elegant alternative to full block fencing. Outdoor living landscaping can be greatly enhanced with wrought-iron gates and work perfectly with the Tuscan style home.