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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

Big Picture: City retreat

May 26, 2017By

Location: Chicago Company: Mariani Landscape, Lake Bluff, Ill. Photo Credit: Linda Oyama Bryan The clients wanted to update the rooftop, to act as an extension of the interior living space. The landscape architect developed a series of outdoor rooms, each with their own purpose that all tie together visually. This concept was accomplished by creating an intimate seating space with... read more

Big Picture: Making a splash

May 8, 2017By

Location: Tipp City, Ohio Company: Grunder Landscaping, Miamisburg, Ohio Photo credit: Grunder Landscaping The clients wanted to add a pool, spa, waterfall and a pool house to allow for pool parties without access to their home. They also wanted to maintain as much lawn as possible and keep pool equipment out of sight and earshot. In the past, the company... read more