Tag: Landscaping

A Small Yard Now Big on Entertaining

A Small Yard Now Big on Entertaining

My client lamented that they rarely ventured in to the yard and only occasionally ate on the deck.   With judicial use of existing elements and few bold strokes, they now have spaces that they use and entertain in almost daily.

Backyard Privacy

Backyard Privacy

A custom cedar pergola with ceiling fans keeps mosquitoes at bay. Along with a tapestry of new plantings and a cedar screen, the yard feels at once more secluded and larger.

A Garden Room in the Front Adds Curb Appeal and Function

A Garden Room in the Front Adds Curb Appeal and Function

I’ve proposed a front garden room with pergola to add curb appeal and function to my client’s home. The husband is a bit afraid that the idea is too radical. So I pulled together this slideshow of work of my own and of other’s to help him visualize the delightful effect of creating a front garden room.

Curb Appeal, Comfort & Safety

Curb Appeal, Comfort & Safety

Before and After Pictures of a Project Using Landscaping to Create Curb Appeal, Comfort and Safety for pre-war 1930’s brick ranch.

Divide to Enlarge

Divide to Enlarge

Techniques for making your yard look larger without adding space.

Gardening’s Final Frontier: the “Hellstrip”

Gardening’s Final Frontier: the “Hellstrip”

Those vexing plots between street and sidewalk – known by some as “hellstrips” — are getting a makeover. Garden-savvy homeowners are seeing unique opportunity in these often ignored plots, potentially contributing to visitors’ first impressions and “curb appeal.”

Idyllic Backyard Retreat

Idyllic Backyard Retreat

For this modest home in Silver Spring, Maryland, we created an idyllic outdoor retreat with strong indoor-outdoor connections. Shown above is the al fresco dining room — with walls of foliage and cedar — in the fence and pergola.

Entry Gardens To Define Your Home

Entry Gardens To Define Your Home

This article is about how garden design effects the “feel” of your home. An entry garden can make a home feel more or less formal. It can make an imposing home feel less or more imposing and it can make a modest home feel more or less modest.

A Stone Terrace To Take Advantage of Views

A Stone Terrace To Take Advantage of Views

This 1930’s home off Sligo Creek in Silver Spring, MD didn’t have an easy way to take advantage of it’s sylvan setting. The nicest views were from the front but zoning set-back requirements prohibited adding on in that direction.