Design Advice Needed
The family finally built on some inherited land in Nicaragua (Leon Department-North Pacific Coast). As is typical in Nica everyone has a security wall around there property, with ours being no-exception. The concept of curb appeal, as related to a landscape is almost non-existent, as the house security wall/fence is what is seen from the curb with the garden/landscape inside of that secure encloure. This really has me thrown for a loop, as I'm geared towards the North American concept of curb appeal, literally from the curb, but now it has to be from within the wall or from the porch. Basically I don't know what my focus should be in regards to what direction to focus the eye. The North American view is to see the front door, entry into the family, as the eyes of the house and an important point of focus, but here that concept doesn't apply and to make it apply seems to be unfitting to the culture. I stuck as whethter to concentrate instead on views from the porch or the pool or instead of the curb to see the house from inside the security wall, which would be the entry to the garden and other areas. Here life is generally all outside under some type of shade, like the patio, with inside being reserved for securing "your-stuff" and to be enclosed while sleeping.
Pic below is the house from the front wall door looking North, guesta will more commonly be using the driveway though. The house is a simple beach type house with more patio for a breeze. Very high walls all around the property. As typical every where in Nica this house was also built with zero lot line construction. Layer of sand was put in atop the loam to cut down on mud during construction.
View from Northern side of property by the well looking south.
A caretakers house will be built along the south face of the wall in the future. The in-laws already planted some dwarf palms by the south side of the pool.
I asked on the tropical and palm forums for some plant material that could be used to fill the space, got some advice on flower.
The needs for the area are to have open areas in the front by the shower and the driveway strips for overflow parking and the kids to run wild in when they get tired of playing Wi. We probably can plant on the neighbors wall (west wall of the camionette) or even ask if we can smooth it.
My thought was to see the patio as the primary area for people to be directed to, so it should be the primary living area and the family activity area and to enhance the views from the patio. Oh yes somewhere in all of this there will be a Mary in a half shell... somethings are just the same the world over!