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The Oakdale Cemetery, located in Adel, Iowa, was rejuvenated to create a space to honor veterans at their Memorial Day ceremonies. The project's goal was to ensure functionality for the ceremony and future use and maintenance, while paying homage to those that contributed to the project to solidify community impact. The rejuvenation incorporated new elements and historical elements that blended together to create a beautiful end result for a great cause.
This health care facility was looking to create a space for families to gather as well as reduce the noise from nearby utilities. For extended seasonal use, the new patio includes an outdoor fireplace and an overhead pergola for a cozy outdoor room and additional shade.
For additional outdoor living space, our team designed a patio extension to the homeowner’s existing deck utilizing Keystone Stonegate wall block and Unilock pavers. Extra seating was brought in through the integrated seat wall and both sides of the patio offer yard access for greater ease of use during gatherings with friends and family. In working with the natural landscape, steps were built to account for the slope of the yard with adjacent raised beds to bring in an element of softness and provide additional planting space.
With a need for additional entertaining space, this raised patio was designed to complement the surrounding golf course views and bring in foliage interest for all seasons.
The original timber walls around this home were deteriorating and in need of a refresh from both a structural and design perspective. The homeowner was looking for a more decorative and permanent solution, fresh plant material that would remain tidy, and some additional space between the garage and wall for a path.
A love of existing mature trees was at the heart of this design. Original railroad tie retaining walls around the property were failing, notably the walls holding the patio grading in place, which in turn was causing the concrete to shift and crack. The new design focused on stabilizing the grade and creating a fresh patio space that highlighted their beautiful mature trees.
Designed to offer four seasons of color and interest in the landscape, this contemporary, yet rustic design incorporated planting beds around the foundation of the home as well as landscape lighting for safety, security and aesthetic. The landscape beds not only increased curb appeal, but also reduced mowing and trimming time. Custom lighting was placed in prime locations throughout to highlight the front entry path, perimeter, and seasonal color containers and hanging planters at the front entrance.
This project involved both a full refresh in the front yard and a newly designed space in the backyard. Water issues in the front were resulting in mud on the driveway and the plantings were not as diverse as the homeowner desired. The backyard had more than ample shade, leaving more mud than grass for their pets to play in, which often resulted in a daily bath.
Relocating from a home with extensive landscaping to a new build, the homeowner wanted to establish a wide range of color and greenery for their new home while keeping maintenance to a minimum.