Big Picture: What’s new is old again

April 29, 2016 -  By

Location: Avery County, N.C.
Company: Greenleaf Services, Newland, N.C.


The Details: The clients wanted their newly constructed home’s outdoor space to blend within their 100-year-old neighborhood, located on a single-lane road. The humble facade of the residence was intentional, and the clients wanted understated landscaping, as well. Specific requests included using native woodland materials; preserving the existing century-old hemlock trees; adding sod-and-locust staircases reminiscent of their deer stalking trips to Scotland; including a large open lawn area; and providing space for guest parking.

This was a new construction site with many challenges to overcome, including steep terrain, drainage issues, erosion problems and a poor initial site grade (done by a contractor). Greenleaf Services had just five weeks to complete the project—and most of the work was done in the rain.

This and other aspects of this project earned Greenleaf Services a 2015 Grand Award from the National Association of Landscape Professionals’ Awards of Excellence program.

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