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Old 03-30-2015, 11:54 PM
 
Location: Golden, CO
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I recently moved into the area and bought a home in Coal Creek Canyon in between Golden and Boulder (technically Golden). Now that the weather is warming up, I'd like to add more livable outdoor space to the property in addition to adding a few trees along the boundary for added privacy.

We're thinking of adding a fire pit, hot tub, and extended patio/grill area and would like to keep it relatively minimalist to avoid maintenance and preserve the natural beauty of the land. For folks that have done similar projects (especially in the mountains), I'd really appreciate any advice on: lessons learned, recommended "must have" outdoor features, any caveats, DIY vs hiring a pro, etc. I traditionally prefer to do most projects myself; however, the scope and vision of this project might require the aid of a pro.

With that said, if anyone has specific recommendations for a landscaping company with experience on mountain properties, feel free to let me know via private message. I've found a couple promising ones online but would love any other recommendations. Thanks!
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Old 03-31-2015, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Evergreen
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In my experience, if your outdoor area is on the north facing side of you property, you will definitely want a fire pit. If you have natural gas available...run it to the fire pit and make life easy. You'll use it way more than you think you will. The soil in the foothills is hard and rocky. You will bust your hump trying to dig into it on your own. Hire a pro with good equipment.
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