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This home had undergone extensive foundation repair, which in turn dislodged the patio steps and left the original patio cracked. Over time, and during the soil disruption from the foundation repair, the original retaining wall surrounding the patio had also settled. The goal of this project was to provide a safe outdoor living space that retained the grade and provided an inviting space for family to gather.
For a refresh to the front landscape and to boost curb appeal, a fresh plant design was created to replace some original material that had become overgrown. Lilac on standard, Autumn Joy sedum, May Night salvia, and Black Scallop ajuga were used for a vast array of colors and texture to make the front come alive.
To manage water runoff for this sloped backyard, low maintenance planting beds were created along the side foundation. Coral bells, bergenia and quick fire hydrangeas were planted near the front, transitioning to blue muffin viburnum shrubs for the boulder wall areas.
To add additional space to the backyard for grilling and dining, our team designed this curved patio to complement the existing covered deck. For seasonal interest and sequential blooms, low-maintenance garden beds were created around the patio, adding in trees and taller plantings to create a privacy screen. Unilock Avante Ashlar pavers in Almond Grove were used for the patio while Iowa Buff Planter stone edging and Iowa Buff Flagstone were used for the garden beds.
For a little dose of the beach in this Midwest backyard, a Rochester Lakeland Fire Pit with Silver Creek Fire Ring Caps was installed with a soft, fine filtered sandy foot area.
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.