Brick Hardscape Ideas This walkway/patio was one of those tricky designs on paper that you hoped would work out on the ground. It’s like I draw this to exact scale, knowing the materials we are using . . . and hoping the field guys can implement the plan correctly. I knew when I drew this […]Read More The Importance of Hardscape Design
posted, 09/26/06 This is the existing landscape I was asked to come up with an idea for a designed space where the seating area was extended out onto the existing lawn, a perennial/cutting garden above the wall, and find a place for a hot-tub. It made sense to tie the hot-tub into the deck space […]Read More Hot Tub . . . where does it go?
posted/09/00/06 Firepit; Rick Anderson style. This is a firepit area I designed for a client, my thought process was simple here: What if Fred Flintstone was a Landscape Designer? Thats how I came up with the stone seating for the circle, a ring of stones for the fireplace, and of course a stone bridge over […]Read More An Appreciation of Stone (8)
posted, 08/20/06 The two photos are from a job of mine installed back in the mid-90’s in South Carolina. The stone is from Briar Hill a Stoneyard/Quarry in Central, Ohio. I have always liked Briar Hill, and will always continue to try and find ways to use it on work I design. The wall stone […]Read More An Appreciation of Stone (5)
posted,08/15/06 The drawings of the terrace I had been showing over the past couple of days took a final turn yesterday. After e-mailing the client that I had posted the rendering of his deck idea, I received a quick reply . . . “Oh we are going with extending the concrete and round off the […]Read More Update on the Terrace
posted; 08/08/06 This job is a prime example of being called in late on the job. The homeowner has committed to certain aspects of the job and is unwilling/unable/inflexible in his desire to change. The steps are going in on the far right of this photo . . . no matter what. Also the short […]Read More Terrace Design, another attempt
posted; 07/00/06 Yippee !!!! Look what I get to design and work on . . . after the fact. The spa is poured, the walls are up, and the deck has been installed. Now they want the waterfall(to look natural) to go in against this wall; look dramatic, look natural, and work perfectly. Uh, did […]Read More Waterfall needed
posted; 07/26/06 While perusing through Yahoo news I caught this story about rubber sidewalks. The story refers to doing something with all the tires that we Americans dispose of every year. They also mention cost-3 times what concrete would be. . . that’s expensive. Especially in a commercial or municipal setting. Which would be the […]Read More Rubber Sidewalks are here
posted; 07/25/06 This is the before picture. Homeowners acting as their own general contractors have called us in late. There is no good access to lower area. The boulder retaining walls were built in such a way as to actually minimize usable space. Add to that there is only the narrow, obvious, perfectly centered set […]Read More Conceptual Drawings for Terrace and Patio
posted; 07/00/06 Here’s one for you to try, a combination of brick and stone. The small retaining wall stone is sandstone from Briar Hill. It’s a quarry in central Ohio. I have other pictures from the quarry here. This is the final product brick and stone. For fun add a 2,700 lb. bench. Comments? Questions? […]Read More Hardscape Ideas
posted; 07/13/06 A couple of posts ago, I talked about this plan view conceptual vs. the other example posted. I discussed the pros and cons of each and added a few other thoughts. This was the one that was chosen for the project. The client liked the possibility of students being able to interact between […]Read More A Decision Reached
posted; 06/21/06 Rendering above was done with Paint.NET which I spoke about on the 19th. It was done in this style so I could e-mail a color conceptual to the contractor enabling them to easily identify the different areas in the landscape. This rendering was/is never meant to be used as a tool in the […]Read More “Further”Pergola Study, a Color Rendering
posted; 06/15/06 I don’t know, I just don’t know . . . . . what really doesn’t work for me is the drawing perspective vs. what I see in my head. I think this would be a nice unique design but this angle and most of the others I have drawn from any rendering type […]Read More Rendering for Administrative Entrance
posted; 06/05/06 This was a proposal for a terrace overlooking a valley in some rolling Ohio farmland. The space was a 100 or so feet from the house and would have been a nice walk over; coffee cup in hand, to enjoy the morning.Read More Terrace Design
posted; 06/03/06 This isn’t exactly what I was hoping the final pergola design would turn out to look like. I think the design of the overhead is fine, the color is fine, and the post work with the house. My area of concern was the walls, planters, etc., do not tie in with the house, […]Read More Architect wins the Pergola Battle (part 3).