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 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. [...]

5 01, 2016

Case Study:  Stepping in a New Direction

By |2018-02-19T16:01:23-06:00January 5th, 2016|Back Yard, Case Studies, Decks, Drainage|0 Comments

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 [...]

10 02, 2015

Case Study: The Infinite Love Garden

By |2018-02-19T16:01:24-06:00February 10th, 2015|Bluestone, Case Studies, Easy-Care Plants, Flowers, Outdoor Living, Paving and Hardscaping, Pets|0 Comments

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 [...]

19 01, 2015

Case Study: An Alternative Yard

By |2019-07-19T17:33:54-05:00January 19th, 2015|Case Studies, General News, Landscaping, Lawn-free, Shade gardens, Water Features|0 Comments

Our clients, Tom and Judith, traveled 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 [...]

3 11, 2014

Case Study: A Four-Season, Formal Front Landscape

By |2018-02-19T16:01:25-06:00November 3rd, 2014|Case Studies, Curb Appeal, Drainage, Paving and Hardscaping, Permeable|0 Comments

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 [...]

23 05, 2014

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

By |2018-02-19T16:01:25-06:00May 23rd, 2014|Case Studies, Curb Appeal, Small garden|0 Comments

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 [...]

23 05, 2014

Case Study: Grandmother Park

By |2018-02-19T16:01:25-06:00May 23rd, 2014|Case Studies, Children's garden|0 Comments

One summer day in 2009, two grandmothers, Gay Riseborough and Mary Trujillo, were out walking with their grandsons in the Dewey-Darrow neighborhood of Evanston. Both lamented that there was not a park nearby for their very young grandchildren, as well as other neighboring families, to gather and play, and something should be done about it. [...]

7 01, 2014

Case Study: Zen Garden Elevates Entrance to High-Rise

By |2018-02-19T16:01:26-06:00January 7th, 2014|Case Studies, Drainage, Japanese garden, Seasonal Color, Shade gardens, Water Management|0 Comments

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 [...]

28 10, 2013

Case Study: Night and Day

By |2018-02-19T16:01:26-06:00October 28th, 2013|Case Studies, Outdoor Living, Paving and Hardscaping|0 Comments

Our clients enjoy being in their backyard and entertaining outdoors. Three years ago, we integrated a new firepit area with seat wall into their old, small patio. This year, they were ready for a completely new outdoor living space, with much more room, functionality and aesthetic value. Wider, modular steps were built to lead down to the new space from rear [...]

21 06, 2013

Case Study: Playful and Sophisticated

By |2018-02-19T16:01:26-06:00June 21st, 2013|Case Studies, Children's garden, Flowers, General News|0 Comments

In collaboration with Evanston design firm Teska and Associates, Nature’s Perspective crafted a solution for a young Wilmette family who desired a beautiful space for themselves and their children, a setting that could be enjoyed by adults and children alike. The existing small deck and the plain concrete patio were functional, but uninviting. The spacious [...]

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