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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: 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:  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 [...]

Manage Stormwater with A Rain Garden

By | June 16th, 2015|Drainage, General News, Native Plants, Water Management|

Nature's Perspective Landscaping, in collaboration with Evanston Environmental Association, recently rolled out the Livable Landscapes Program for residents in Evanston, to promote the practice of water-absorbing, habitat-friendly landscaping to help manage storm water run-off in yards. We hosted two free workshops in Evanston several weeks ago sharing information about rain gardens. In response to the deluge of rain [...]

It’s All About the Base: Permeable Paving As a Sustainable Solution

By | April 9th, 2015|Drainage, Eco-Friendly, Green Living, Water Management|

  Permeable paving is ideal for a large area, like a driveway. Note the existing catch basin towards the garage door. The same driveway, showing the substantial depth of excavation required for the installation. Permeable paving is a transformative approach to sustainable site development. Permeable hard surface construction is part of [...]

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 [...]

Dry Stream Beds Gain Momentum as Ideal Drainage Solution

By | April 10th, 2014|Drainage|

Rainwater management is a vital investment to alleviate the problems created by heavy rains and standing water. April rains mean drainage problems for many homeowners. For both functional and aesthetic reasons, dry stream beds are gaining favor as a solution to this problem. They offer a refreshing, natural look in a garden, direct [...]

Case Study: Zen Garden Elevates Entrance to High-Rise

By | January 7th, 2014|Case Study, Drainage, Japanese garden, Seasonal Color, Shade gardens, Water Management|

Optima Towers is a modern, luxury high-rise residential building located in downtown Evanston. A large decorative sign overhead marks the main entrance, and a paved walk flanked with planting areas leads one down a shady, long courtyard to the main lobby. The existing landscaping of sparse, leggy plantings was not thriving due to low light conditions and wet [...]