TAG: Big Picture

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: 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: A walk in the park

November 9, 2016By

Location: Huntington Park, Spokane, Wash. Company: Land Expressions Photo credit: Dean Davis, James Richman, John D. Moore, Isaacson Aerial Photography and Kathy Swehla Avista Utilities tapped Land Expressions to refresh the Huntington Park area in Spokane and add a plaza. The plaza is on city land, and city officials sacrificed their parking lot for the space. The utility company owns... read more

Big Picture: Happy Landings

September 2, 2016By

Location: New York oceanfront Company: Groundworks Landscaping, East Hampton, N.Y. The Details: The client’s site views were already stunning. The Groundworks Landscaping team didn’t want to take away from those. Rather, the focus of the project was to implement a simple foundation planting plan that tied the landscaping to the architecture of the newly renovated home. The house sits on... read more

Big Picture: Rocky Steady

July 18, 2016By

Location: Essex County, N.J. Company: Landscape Techniques, Nutley, N.J. The details: A functional living space with bright color and family appeal was the goal for this backyard. The initial site visit presented a small and grade-challenged space with rock formations throughout. The team decided to tier and fill the center of the yard to minimize the slope of the adjoining property. Tiers included: Lower... read more

Big Picture: Woodland retreat

June 13, 2016By

Location: Harrisburg, Pa. Company: GoldGlo Landscapes, Millersburg, Pa. Photo Credit: GoldGlo Landscapes The client’s goal was to create a patio space to compliment the European-style home in a wooded setting, where his grandchildren could play and he could relax and entertain. There were several challenges. For example, the client requested natural flagstone for the 1,600-sq.-ft. patio—without the normal blue or... read more