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Big Picture: Sculptural Renaissance

November 8, 2017By

Location: Houston Company: McDugald-Steele Landscape Architects & Contractors Photo Credit: McDugald-Steele Landscape Architects and Contractors An historic estate’s new owners did an extensive renovation and expansion that included the gardens. The design emphasized the development of unique garden spaces that offered opportunities for entertaining and display of notable garden sculptures. Pairing with the architectural team, the McDugald-Steele team coordinated the... read more

Big Picture: A peaceful, passive garden

October 27, 2017By

Location: East Northport, N.Y. Company: Goldberg & Rodler Photo Credit: Sue Sotera The clients envisioned their backyard as a tranquil getaway, but the landscape was in disrepair when the team arrived on site. Undefined expanses of lawn, decaying trees and thick clay soil. Gravel areas, drywells, catch basins and French drains were installed to provide infiltration on-site and keep new... read more

Big Picture: A mighty oak dictates design

September 20, 2017By

Location: Dallas Company: Lawns of Dallas Photo Credit: Lawns of Dallas – Landscape & Softscape Contractor; Kevin Clark/Naud Burnett & Partners – Landscape Architect The homeowners desired a backyard with a garden feel that could also serve as an entertaining space for the many functions they host each year. They were open to starting over with everything, except for a... read more

Big Picture: Tiers of Joy

August 18, 2017By

Location: Caldwell, N.J. Company: Landscape Techniques, Nutley, N.J. Photo Credit: Brian J. Koribanick/Landscape Techniques The design intent was to transform a barren hillside at the rear of a home into a multitier, family-centric oasis. To make this a reality, Landscape Techniques developed a four-tier landscape construction plan: Tier I: Expansive brick paver patio, anchoring the dining and cooking areas. Tier... read more

Big Picture: Designs by Sundown merges tech elements with nature

July 31, 2017By

Location: Evergreen, Colo. Company: Designs by Sundown, Littleton, Colo. Photo: Designs by Sundown The initial plan for this historic ranch, secluded in the Colorado Rockies, consisted of softening an existing outdoor patio to create definition and more usable outdoor rooms. But the finished installation also conceals all-new technology—from lighting to irrigation, including the safety features on the fire elements. Dimmable,... read more

Big Picture: Blending old with new

June 30, 2017By

Location: Collingswood, N.J. Company: Ledden Palimeno Landscape Co., Sewell, N.J. Photo credit: Ledden Palimeno Landscape Co. The clients wanted a small plunge pool to take on the feel of a pond, with strong elements of rock walls and bluestone terracing. It had to blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape and century-old residence. Access was limited, so small equipment was needed.... read more