When we first met with these clients who live in the Stapleton Development in NE Denver, they were unhappy with their builder landscaping. They wanted more interest for their front yard with a raised bed, a little grass and landscape lighting we encouraged them to consider redesigning their front steps which were not wide enough and to consider covering their concrete porch with the same material we would use for the new hardscape.
The first step was to develop a hardscape plan that complemented the lines of the architecture in their craftsman style home. I developed a couple of different design concepts and they chose the one they liked best. At this point, we also considered several different material options. We ultimately decided to use the same brick in the house for the walk, the stair risers and as trim on the porch and stair treads. We used a dark lilac colored sandstone as the cap on the wall, on the stair treads, and on the porch. A buff colored stripstone (a cut of sandstone) was used for the wall.
Details included an inset of lilac sandstone in the brick walk and beautiful craftsman style post-mounted light fixtures which were added to each of the four columns. Porch furniture was painted the same color as the siding on the upper level. Lastly, a planting plan was completed which utilized burgundy and silver/blue foliage along with red, purple, pink and white flowers.
“Sarah’s creative ideas have transformed our yard into a beautiful, relaxing haven. She is wonderful to work with, knowledgeable about all aspects of landscaping and has a keen eye for what works. Sarah not only provides exceptional designs, she manages each aspect of the implementation so every detail is covered. She personally checked on the progress of our project, gave us frequent updates, and identified and handled potential issues. With Sarah, we discovered how enjoyable landscaping can be and how exciting it is to see creative ideas come to life. Working with her is a true pleasure, and we highly recommend her without reservation.” -Sheila & Andy Knudsen