Garden for a couple with very different ideas & styles

What do you do when people have different needs and desires from one small outdoor space? That was the challenge we faced In this garden; one partner wanted the focus to be on cooking and eating, the other wanted a space to lounge and chat. We found room to satisfy everybody's needs, including guests. The only challenge now is that nobody wants to leave...

Integrating differing ideas and opinions into one seamless design is one of the things we do best. 

The final design of this project gives no clue to the strongly differing ideas of the couple at the beginning.

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Coming home has become a joyful experience

Imagine walking through a lush garden every day. It can be an excellent transition from outside concerns of the day to the nurturing of your home and family. That is how it feels to walk through this garden and into this house. But it didn't start out that way.

At the beginning of this project, there was patchy lawn and an un-drivable vintage car in the driveway that had been there for years. The yard was just a place to rush past in order to reach the house.

At the beginning of this project, there was patchy lawn and an un-drivable vintage car in the driveway that had been there for years. The yard was just a place to rush past in order to reach the house.

We created a space that lets you take a breath, get connected to nature and fully enjoy the feeling of coming home.

We created a space that lets you take a breath, get connected to nature and fully enjoy the feeling of coming home.

This garden has lots of interesting details to catch your eye as you walk through it. The plantings look good in every season.

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Garden to offer protection from corner traffic

Our client is a Super Daddy. The very first thing he requested was for us to design a garden that would protect his children and small dogs from traffic. And so we did. We installed massive basalt columns, 5/8th inch steel walls and trimmed it in gorgeous Ipe wood. 

When you are inside this garden, you definitely have the feeling of being safe, of being inside a protective sanctuary. 

The entry terrace is a great spot for riding tricycles, but it will also become a great place for a table or other furnishings once the kids get older.

The entry terrace is a great spot for riding tricycles, but it will also become a great place for a table or other furnishings once the kids get older.

There is a blend of nature, engineering and art in this garden. While the stone and metal is very strong, it is balance with delicate-looking plants (they are actually quite hardy). The metal sections in the photo to the right had to be set in concrete in such a way that the gap between them was consistent and straight. The precise placement of extremely heavy stone and metal components of this garden are a good example of design and implementation coming together.

There is a blend of nature, engineering and art in this garden. While the stone and metal is very strong, it is balance with delicate-looking plants (they are actually quite hardy).

The metal sections in the photo to the right had to be set in concrete in such a way that the gap between them was consistent and straight.

The precise placement of extremely heavy stone and metal components of this garden are a good example of design and implementation coming together.

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Engineering at work - the heavy door pivots so smoothly that you can push it with barely a touch. This photo was taken during garden construction.

Engineering at work - the heavy door pivots so smoothly that you can push it with barely a touch. This photo was taken during garden construction.

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A more private entrance to garden and home

This garden began as a scraggly lawn with barely any plantings. There was no privacy or sense of separation from the sidewalk and street. It was a straight-paved walk from to the front door and anybody could see directly through the glass doors and into the home.

 We changed all of that. We added large granite stones, beautiful plantings and a meaningful pathway to the front door.

The homeowners requested a garden to delight the senses. And so we added lots of texture to delight the eyes, flowering plants that bring fragrance, even in the winter and a fountain for the sound of fresh running water. All of the senses are engaged.

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