Case Studies

Case Studies

Case Study: Restoration With A Destination


Throughout the past 25 years, we have provided this North Shore customer with a variety of services spanning design, installation, and maintenance. We landscaped and hardscaped the grounds and continue to maintain it. It has been an ongoing project with various updates over the years. In the mid-1990s, we were contracted by the customer [...]

Case Study: Award-Winning Lakefront Property


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 in 2005, situated closer to Lake Michigan. The shared driveway was narrow, which caused traffic issues when homeowners were coming [...]

Case Study: A Georgian Garden Revived


The homeowners of this property discovered a diamond in the rough when they first laid eyes on this traditional Georgian home on a large Evanston lot. After completing renovations indoors, it was time to reclaim their space outdoors. With imagination and the right vision from the beginning, they knew they could create a beautiful [...]

Case Study: From Draining To Entertaining


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 [...]

Case Study: Reclaiming Privacy and Pleasure


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 [...]

Case Study: An Elegant Manor Setting


This lovely Tudor with a façade of an unusual blend of natural stone is within view of Lake Michigan in Glencoe. The existing limestone patio was small, rough, and uneven, and a clumsy step down from our clients’ family room and kitchen. Our client’s objective was to create a large, raised terrace, level with [...]

Case Study: Cottage Garden with Curb Appeal


Our clients purchased this charming 1920’s Dutch colonial house with plans of making it their own. They reworked the façade and wanted a fresh look for the front yard. The existing landscape consisted of a traditional front lawn with overgrown shrubs and a scattering of perennials. Our clients wanted to simplify the maintenance, add [...]

Case Study: Stepping in a New Direction


Our clients spent several years renovating their 100+ year old Victorian home in Evanston’s historic district, and the last phase was tackling the backyard. Other than the large deck, which spanned across the entire back of their home, and a few perimeter hedge plants, the yard was a clean slate. With their children no longer needing [...]

Case Study: Don’t Redo… Renew!


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. The existing patio material was in good shape, so we worked with the homeowners to reuse as much of the material as possible and add a few new [...]

Case Study: Restorative Garden


In the early spring of 2012, Ariel Schrodt, a new resident of Three Crowns Park, had a vision of creating a memorial garden for his late wife, Ellen. He wanted to recreate the pond that he and his wife had built together at their previous residence. He donated several tons of Chilton Limestone boulders that he [...]