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“Architecture depends on its time. It is the crystallization of its inner structure, the slow unfolding of its form."   

– Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

The Garden as a ‘Soft’ House

We often think of the garden as a ‘soft’ house. The sky is the ceiling - with trees serving as a type of canopy, giving that ceiling a more human scale. Fences and perimeter plantings serve as the walls of this living house. Decks and patios become living rooms – gathering places for meals, activities, and conversations – or simply for moments of quiet relaxation. Including a hammock or lounge area can help to create the most wonderful spot for enjoying the Sunday paper - or simply taking a nap.

Enjoy Your Outdoor Spaces - AND the Big Game

We can successfully design and build a complete outdoor entertainment center, complete with a high-definition TV screen and premium sound system. The addition of an entertainment area might simply involve the addition of a fire pit together with just the right combination of outdoor furniture. For those who love to cook, adding a complete outdoor kitchen to the deck or patio adds a whole new level of convenience and functionality to your expanded living space.

Decks and Patios - the Key to Outdoor Living and Entertaining

They can be intimate and designed for small spaces, or as large and open as you need for entertaining. Critical to the success of the hardscape design is how well it meets your specific needs, as well as the durability and longevity of the materials. Adding focal points like a fire pit or a small water feature can bring any outdoor structure to life. 

The Beauty and Importance of Fences

It’s still true – good fences really do make good neighbors. But beyond the obvious utility of a well-designed fence, the aesthetics are often overlooked. Fences are the walls of a garden, and are often what you see first. A carefully chosen wall-mounted sculpture, or even adding just the right plant and pot combination is the outdoor equivalent of hanging a painting inside the home.

Tree Houses, Gazebos, Arbors, and Pergolas

These elements can be exciting options for many gardens. They can lend a sense of fun and whimsy to any outdoor space. While maybe not something you actually need, they can be the garden equivalent of a really nice outfit, that little black dress, or a distinctive piece of jewelry.

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