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Case Study: From Draining to Entertaining

By | November 14th, 2017|Back Yard, Case Study, Drainage, Easy-Care Plants, Family-friendly, Landscaping, Natural Stone, Outdoor Living, Outdoor settings, Paving and Hardscaping, Pergolas|

Drainage issues in the backyard created problems for our clients. A rainstorm would leave the backyard flooded for days, meaning their children couldn’t play outside without getting completely muddy. The soggy backyard, paired with the family’s small deck, didn’t offer much opportunity for the family to enjoy their outdoor space. Our clients wanted a play [...]

Case Study: Reclaiming Privacy and Pleasure

By | July 25th, 2017|Bluestone, Case Study, Curb Appeal, Front Yard, Garden Planning, Landscaping, Natural Stone|

Our clients were renovating the exterior of their charming 1894 Victorian home situated on a corner lot, located in the historic district of Evanston. They wished to reclaim their private space, which was a long and narrow, sloped side yard with a worn, three-terraced patio. One had to step outside and walk around the house [...]

Case Study: Award-Winning Lakefront Property

By | December 15th, 2016|Awards, Case Study, Curb Appeal, Drainage, Front Yard, Water Features|

After: The new driveway curves around a cast stone fountain (not pictured). Before: The residence in 2001. Our clients own a lakefront Tudor revival home built in 1910, located in the Evanston Lakeshore Historic District. They shared an asphalt driveway with their neighbors, who reside in a newer construction home built [...]

Case Study: Revisiting Three Crowns Park

By | March 8th, 2016|Case Study, Easy-Care Plants, Eco-Friendly, Outdoor settings|

The restorative garden at Three Crowns Park. Photo taken May 2015. Since 2012, Nature’s Perspective has been developing a restorative garden and waterfall at Three Crowns Park, a senior community in northwest Evanston that has served its residents for over a century. Origins In the early spring of 2012, Ariel Schrodt, a new [...]

Case Study:  Don’t Redo… Renew! 

By | February 4th, 2016|Back Yard, Case Study, Outdoor Living, Outdoor settings, Pergolas|

The renewed outdoor setting with a large fiberglass pergola. It accommodates an L-shaped sofa, dining table and 4 chairs, an outdoor grill, planters and foundation plantings. A multi-level patio, sitting walls and the hot sun beating down doesn’t exactly create the most inviting or safe space for our clients with small children. [...]

Case Study:  Stepping in a New Direction

By | January 5th, 2016|Back Yard, Case Study, Decks, Drainage|

The new deck accommodates a six-seat dining table and grill. The new patio offers closer views of the backyard. The old playset area was replaced with fresh plantings and lawn, creating a pretty view from the new ground level patio. Our clients spent several years renovating their 100+ year old Victorian home [...]

Case Study: The Infinite Love Garden

By | February 10th, 2015|Bluestone, Case Study, Easy-Care Plants, Flowers, Outdoor Living, Paving and Hardscaping, Pets|

The ability to find joy in the midst of great loss is a character trait that is not just hard to grasp, but one to be admired. The inspiration behind this project, located in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago, was to honor the memory of a wife who was taken from this world too soon, and to [...]

Case Study: An Alternative Yard

By | January 19th, 2015|Case Study, General News, Landscaping, Lawn-free, Shade gardens, Water Features|

Our clients, Tom and Judith, travelled extensively and spent little time in their Wilmette garden. Now they were ready to enjoy their home again, and wished to reclaim their backyard. A dramatic wood sculpture, built by Tom, greets one upon entering the space, imparting that it is no ordinary backyard. Four 100+ year-old Oak trees at the corners, and a [...]

Case Study: A Four-Season, Formal Front Landscape

By | November 3rd, 2014|Case Study, Curb Appeal, Drainage|

A 3-D visualization of the front landscape prior to the install. A pair of 1921 Renaissance Revival 3-story homes creates a powerful façade along this East Lakeview street, just blocks from Lake Michigan. The formal style of architecture lacked a complementary landscape, which gave rise to an opportunity to create an eye-catching Italian [...]

Love It, Don’t Leave It: Small Garden Strategies

By | May 23rd, 2014|Case Study, Curb Appeal, Small garden|

Do you love your home and its location, with its good neighbors, schools, neighborhood and community, but don’t want to leave it because you have a tiny yard? Often our clients add larger detached garages or put on an addition, leaving a postage stamp-sized yard. Or maybe you live in a standard residential lot in [...]