Guest post from Chase Anderson, a Colorado-based landscape architect. During a recent escape to Esperanza – A Signature Development of Timbers Resorts, in Cabos San Lucas, Mexico, he was taken by the gardens, green space and landscape design throughout the coastal property. Upon returning home, he started an exciting project in his own backyard, inspired by Esperanza.
As a landscape architect, I am constantly observing and noting design detail wherever I go. While my wife focuses her lens on a picturesque scene of the horizon, I will have my camera pointed at my feet, photographing a step light or a concrete scoring pattern. When I travel, this obsession only intensifies. Foreign land means foreign materials and indigenous ways of construction; a stimulating world of exotic design ideas. Last fall, we had the good fortune of spending a week in an oceanfront luxury villa at Esperanza Resort in Los Cabos San Lucas, Mexico. From the luxuriantly planted gardens to the sensually detailed pools and spas, Esperanza is a designer’s dream. If you are one of the lucky few that has been blessed with a stay in the Villas, you know it is only a short, sedated stumble from the comfort of the open-air living room, down a few steps to the soft, sandy beach on the Sea of Cortez. At the bottom of these steps rests a collection of daybeds, which became our base camp for the week. These palapa-styled daybeds have a palm-leaf thatched roof for shade and a foam cushion mattress that molds to your body like water.
While one day blurred into the next and the days of week were forgotten, the details of this daybed began to inspire me. Between my time spent reading, sketching or entranced by each wave’s unique crash on the exposed coral shoreline, I studied the details of our sheltered slumber palace. I noticed the materials, the textures, the craftsmanship of construction and how perfect it all was. After days of this same routine, the reality of eventually having to return home sparked a notion; what would a daybed look like at our house? I immediately began sketching a Rocky Mountain daybed and have now found my “beach” in the mountains.
Instead of tropical hardwood, our daybed posts and frame are built from old split-rail cedar fencing recycled from a nearby horse ranch. Instead of white sand, our daybed is situated in a perennial garden, surrounded by flowers throughout the summer, which offer scents of mint, lavender, and rose while we gaze at the Elk Mountains. Because of our long winters bringing heavy loads of snow, I chose to forego the permanent roof and raise a shade sail on days of intense sun. Understandably, our days at home don’t allow for as many hours to lounge as we enjoyed at Esperanza, but we relax on our mountainside perch as often as we can. And while it may seem more like an artistic sculpture in the garden than a functional bed, I still feel my heart rate decrease and stresses melt away just by looking at our new daybed in the backyard, momentarily being transported to the timeless days at Esperanza…