The last project I wanted to show exemplifies the opportunity for contemporary design with any style house. This project was master planned in 2015 to 2016. It took three phases over three years to implement entirely. The backyard was overgrown with trees. The trees had grown into the fence in several places and made it a haven for mosquitos. Mulch had been used as a way to define a play area and deal with weeds. During the master plan phase, we looked at hundreds of different options for patios, decks and plantings. The final design called for the backyard to turn into a wildflower meadow, replace an existing hardscape with a new patio and create an area for a vegetable garden.
The owner wanted to create a path to walk through the meadow and so the overall design figured out how to make that happen.
The patio was a really interesting solution as well. We wanted to bring the grass into the pavers and the pavers into the grass. The result is eye-catching and bold.
Another detail that is very nice is how we designed the driveway. The owners had the driveway redone during the third phase of the project. Instead of having the standard cobblestone edge the driveway (Belgian Block), we created a curb with steel to give a super modern feel to the space.
Landscape design is coming of age in the suburban neighbors of New York City. With more and more examples available for people to see, the opportunity is for more homeowners to take a new and refreshing journey. Design is the critical element for any project to standout and stay within budget. The issue isn’t whether or not the house style can support a contemporary design. It’s whether or not the owners want to make it happen.