The objective for this project was to create a Tuscan style outdoor area to match the style of the home but with an updated contemporary feel. A 10 foot wide by 9 foot tall stacked stone waterfall was built so it could be viewed from the second floor of the residence. This waterfall acts as the focal point both inside and outside the residence. The sides of this water feature were flanked with natural travertine that was not honed and filled to add more interest to the columns and add to the overall rustic character of the waterfall. The stacked stone used for the center of the waterfall complements the Tuscan hues of the residence. Cordovan Cream travertine was used for the patio to harmonize with the style of the home. A large format tile was used to give the patio a contemporary look. A custom fire pit was placed beside the water fall. The fire pit has a polished concrete counter top which also serves as a dining table for entertaining guests. For parties with more than six people, a secondary seating area was added adjacent the barbeque area. This concrete seating bench has custom made cushions in contemporary colors. There are three areas of contemporary planters that repeat style throughout the backyard, each with a planting unique to its use. The planter next to the fire pit table has 3 kentia palms that add privacy. The planters set in the center are planted with Xanadus that contrast with the creamy whites of the background stucco. Finally, the last groupings of planters are planted with variegated dianella which complement the greens in the seating bench tapestries. Custom Italian-style string lights were added to complete the setting, so this Tuscan retreat can be enjoyed throughout the day and into the evening.