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Big Picture: Lake Life

March 19, 2018By

Location: Weatherby Lake, Mo. Company: Embassy Landscape Group The clients’ intent for the project was to build access to their boat dock and the lake, create a lakeside gathering place and repurpose a rock pile left over from their home construction. The final design used natural stone for the steps down to the water—an easier installation than forming and pouring... read more

Big Picture: Water Wise at Heritage Hills

February 22, 2018By

Location: Lone Tree, Colo. Company: Designs by Sundown Heritage Hills is a gated community of luxury homes located south of Denver. In 2013, the community’s Metro District began a renovation project to reduce overall water use. Designs by Sundown sought to educate residents that water-wise and sustainable landscapes didn’t mean that lush, green streetscapes, medians and monuments were being replaced... read more

Big Picture: Contemporary inspiration

February 9, 2018By

Location: Vienna, Va. Company: Surrounds Landscape Architecture + Construction Prior to construction, this backyard had poor soil conditions, making it a challenge to grow plants, and it lacked hardscape or additional structures. The homeowner’s goal was to have entertaining space for family and large gatherings—a space with a modern and contemporary style. They wanted the backyard to have a resort-like... read more

Big Picture: Compact comfort

December 18, 2017By

Location: Vail, Colo. Company: Rocky Mountain Custom Landscapes Photo credit: Rocky Mountain Custom Landscapes The client wanted a summer getaway that incorporated a saltwater pool, water features, lush flower gardens and fresh vegetables to be used for daily cooking. Another goal was to drown out the noise created from the highway. But there were several obstacles to overcome, including steep... read more

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