Case Studies

Each case study goes in-depth, describing the client’s objectives, the site challenges, and our solution. For additional case studies, please visit our blog and enter the keyword “case study” in the search box.

4 12, 2019

Case Study: Optimized For Outdoor Living

By |2020-01-08T09:33:32-06:00December 4th, 2019|Back Yard, Bluestone, Case Studies, Children's garden, Curb Appeal, Decks, Design Ideas, Family-friendly, Fire Features, Garden Planning, Landscaping, Outdoor Living, Outdoor settings, Paving and Hardscaping, Pergolas|0 Comments

The homeowners of a beautiful 1894 Queen Anne Victorian home contacted us to create an impressive outdoor entertaining space, equipped with four different areas for entertaining: a bigger deck for lounging, a kitchen/dining area, a fire pit area, and lots of lawn space for their child to play. They also desired more privacy. Situated [...]

5 08, 2019

Case Study: From Mossy to Marvelous

By |2019-11-06T07:50:34-06:00August 5th, 2019|Back Yard, Case Studies, Family-friendly, Garden Planning, Outdoor Living, Outdoor settings, Paving and Hardscaping, Pergolas|0 Comments

Our clients wanted to reclaim the backyard of their 1928 Tudor Revival home to create a place to relax, enough to entertain large groups from 12 to 30. The backyard was large and promising but had its challenges. Surrounding mature shade trees created deep shade conditions that turned the surface of the existing patio [...]

14 08, 2018

Case Study: A Tasteful Throwback

By |2018-08-14T15:06:22-05:00August 14th, 2018|Back Yard, Case Studies, Family-friendly, Flowers, Landscaping, Natural Stone, Outdoor Living, Outdoor settings, Seasonal Color, Shade gardens, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Our clients, a busy couple who reside in a unique historic home, wished to reclaim their garden, which had become overgrown. They envisioned a private outdoor space with beautiful views for relaxing and dining outdoors, gathering around a fire, raising vegetables and potting flowers. The home was originally built in 1894 as a gardener's [...]

14 11, 2017

Case Study: From Draining to Entertaining

By |2018-02-19T16:01:20-06:00November 14th, 2017|Back Yard, Case Studies, Drainage, Easy-Care Plants, Family-friendly, Landscaping, Natural Stone, Outdoor Living, Outdoor settings, Paving and Hardscaping, Pergolas|0 Comments

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 [...]

25 07, 2017

Case Study: Reclaiming Privacy and Pleasure

By |2018-02-19T16:01:20-06:00July 25th, 2017|Bluestone, Case Studies, Curb Appeal, Front Yard, Garden Planning, Landscaping, Natural Stone|0 Comments

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 [...]

15 12, 2016

Case Study: Award-Winning Lakefront Property

By |2018-02-19T16:01:20-06:00December 15th, 2016|Awards, Case Studies, Curb Appeal, Drainage, Front Yard, Water Features|0 Comments

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 [...]

8 03, 2016

Case Study: Revisiting Three Crowns Park

By |2018-08-30T14:30:25-05:00March 8th, 2016|Case Studies, Easy-Care Plants, Eco-Friendly, Outdoor settings|0 Comments

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 [...]

4 02, 2016

Case Study:  Don’t Redo… Renew! 

By |2018-02-19T16:01:23-06:00February 4th, 2016|Back Yard, Case Studies, Outdoor Living, Outdoor settings, Pergolas|0 Comments

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. [...]