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Big Picture: An elevated oasis

November 8, 2018By

Location: New York City Company: John Mini Distinctive Landscapes Located in Manhattan, this residential building’s outdoor space included overgrown and failing plantings. The client looked to transform it into a well-manicured park for residents. The terrace lacks direct sunlight as it’s located on the northeast corner of the block and surrounded by 30-plus-story buildings. The John Mini team installed shade-loving... read more

Big Picture: Serene seclusion

November 2, 2018By
Pendennis Mount Residence arched water features (Photo: Michael Prokopchak)

Location: Annapolis, Md. Company: Walnut Hill Landscape Co. The clients asked for a private space that would lend itself well to outdoor entertaining and also feature a dining area, spa, swimming pool, cabana and an outdoor kitchen. They also requested plants that would offer optimal spring and fall interest. The site presented a challenge due to the relatively small space—roughly... read more

Big Picture: Family retreat

October 16, 2018By
Natural stone fire pit; Photo: Hilary Schwab

Location: Bethesda, Md. Company: Fine Earth Landscape The clients requested a backyard that their active family and friends could enjoy, with a pool located near the sun room, at least 90 feet of turf and colorful gardens in the front and back of the house. While constructing the pool, the Fine Earth team found that the client’s property and several... read more

Big Picture: Center of attention

August 23, 2018By
Brickell City Centre pool (Photo: ArquitectonicaGEO)

Location: Miami Company: Greensleeves Brickell City Centre transformed a nine-acre tract into an entertainment and shopping district in the heart of Brickell, the main financial district of Miami. The developer sought to incorporate the concept of biophilia in the design, with natural ventilation and native landscaping. The Gold-LEED-certified $1.5-billion, 5-million-square-foot project opened in phases over four years. The 40-story East... read more

Big Picture: Southern Revival

July 18, 2018By
Entryway and fountain (Photo by Dan DeGrush/Lifescape Colorado)

Location: Denver Company:Lifescape Colorado Maintaining the style of this 1920s home and finding materials to blend with its architecture was a must for this project. The client’s wish list included a dining patio with a fireplace and pergola; a full outdoor kitchen; a spa; removing the tree hedge along the back of the property, while still screening the parking area;... read more

Big Picture: Entertaining in the great outdoors

July 13, 2018By
Backyard active and passive recreation at a Pellettieri Associates project in Amherst, N.H. Photo: Jeff Dachowski, Dachowski Photography

Location: Amherst, N.H. Company: Pellettieri Associates The design intent was to create a series of outdoor multipurpose rooms on the property, located on a northern slope in a densely wooded area. As such, the house lot was quite dark and received a substantial amount of groundwater/runoff. Due to poor soil conditions, the potential locations for a leach field were limited,... read more