The design is the starting point but not the end of the process. The next step is building it. It’s also what everyone actually sees. The best way to show how contemporary landscape design can transform a house is with a few projects I’ve done over the last few years.
This is a project that was really exciting and dynamic. The homeowners had moved to South Orange via a short stay in Manhattan. They were originally from Ohio and preferred a home with a yard and nature instead of an apartment on the Upper West Side. When the project started, you literally couldn’t see the front yard due to dozens of Norway Maples dominating it. Below is a Google Maps image of what the yard looked like before we started. Norway Maples are an invasive species that grow fast and outcompete native hardwoods like red and white oaks. None of the trees in the front yard were mature and ranged in diameter from 3 inches to 8 inches.