In With The Old
white limestone gravel, misc. wall stone, virginia slate stepping stones, flagstone, cedar, staghorn Sumac, mugo Pine, soapweed yucca, pennsylvania sedge, prairie smoke, rattlesnake master, lady's mantle, low grow juniper, japanese forest grass, canada mayapple, maidenhair fern, pachysandra, clematis, irish moss
Beginning with what could be the closest thing to a blank slate, a landscape largely made of sand and forgotten bricks, we knew we wanted the space to feel welcoming to guests for bonfires, communal meals, and the two pups, Leo and Cooper (pictured below), with a garden that feels full, wild, and healthy.
This project is a great example of why we are both design and build. Original plans were drafted, then edited, and in some ways, tossed out the window when we began building. Inspired by a forgotten pallet of wall block from the garden center, we ran with it, using the last they had in stock. Stacking, moving, kicking, propping, and re-stacking, we wanted to create a space that, when finished, didn't feel brand new and shiny, but weathered and integrated with the home.
The decision to be design and build is based on desire to be flexible when opportunities present themselves. Being within the project from start to finish allows us to create more honest, impactful, and intimate experiences.