Thursday, August 20, 2009

Before and After & Seven years later

Today I stopped by a front yard project that we designed and installed about 7 years ago.

After taking measurements for the upcoming new back yard project I couldn’t help myself and whipped out my pruning shears and pruned some of the overgrown shrubs and trees into submission.

I am particularly fond of this project due to its amazing transformation and tight spatial layout.

The front yard is a mere 12 feet wide and borders a private road, so fortunately there is not much traffic except for the few other neighbors who live off of this narrow street.

We did a whole exterior architectural remodel when addressing the landscape project, another reason why I like this project so much.

This is what I had to start with :
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This is the front entry garden a few days after we finished construction ( during the rain )
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Next are a few photos showing the garden with about 7 years of growth
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Steps to the back yard
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One of the Japanese Maples that I pruned today
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Street side entry - such a narrow front yard.
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nikkipolani said...

This is spectacular. I love the structure you've put into that space that defines it and showcases the plantings.

Janet said...

It looked beautiful seven years ago when you finished the overhaul, and it has matured into something even better! It's amazing how you transformed that tight awkward space!

danger garden said...

How rewarding it must be for you to go back and see this! Kudos to you for what you created and what it has become!

Pam/Digging said...

The stonework is absolutely stunning. It's an incredible transformation. Doesn't that tiny space look 10 times bigger once there's a path and some walled divisions?

John said...

Your vision was/is spectacular… I'm not at all surprised such a wonderful creation has aged so well. (It also doesn't hurt that your photography is amazing.) I can't wait to see what you do next!

Delphine said...

yes ! another one ! another one !!! show us more before & afters !!

Tara Dillard said...

LOL, you let this house & garden out of landscape jail. Fabulous.

Curious about the color on the arbor over the door. Why so bright in a tight space?

Your choice, client choice, is it flowing with something not seen in your post?

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara Dillard

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

The stone work is phenomenal! Love the perfectly placed boulder with the lantern sitting on it. The plants matured beautifully...perfectly.


Jamie and Randy said...

You are so talented! You really are... One of these days when I'm all successful and settled in our final home I'll fly you in on our Lear and have you design our garden!:-)--Randy

Hey, if you are going to dream it may as well be big!

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Ah, that is just beautiful. I love the way it looked when it was new and now, that's it is filled out and more mature. Kinda like me. LOL!~~Dee

Deviant Deziner, aka Michelle said...

Hello to all !
Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts and questions.

It is always a good feeling to receive positive feedback.

Tara, I not sure why the arbor looks so brilliantly white in my photos. It is painted white but when you see it in person it doesn't seem so over powerful. Maybe it's because the whole house is within view all its other painted trim and architectural detailing that was added.
I'm not sure but thanks for pointing this out.

As with all of our projects we work in close collaboration with our clients.
It's a give and take exploratory process.
In the best situations we listen , they talk, we design , they respond and in the end , with much give and take , we come up with solutions that achieve a goal that satisfies as all.

Terri said...

Thanks so much for sharing your work; it is inspirational! I really enjoy your blog.

Katie said...

Incredible! Such talent and beauty in the landscape. Thank you for showing us the before/afters.

Nan Ondra said...

Oh Michelle, you never disappoint. It takes a special gift to start with a site like that and create a breathtaking entry that's both beautiful and practical. I agree with the others - I'd definitely love to see more "before and afters" of your projects. Thanks so much for sharing this one for the GGW Design Workshop this month.

Jean said...

Really beautiful! I'm so glad you shared your before and after pics on the GGW workshop.

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