Urban Gardens, Inc., a landscape design and consulting firm located in Denver, Colorado and owned and operated by Sarah Christian, won a 2013 CARE Award. Sponsored by the Homebuilder’s Association of Metro Denver, the Colorado Awards for Remodeling Excellence, known as the CARE awards, are the largest and longest running contest recognizing remodeling of all types, including both commercial and residential projects. Categories are numerous and include kitchens, bathrooms, landscape, green building, and much more. CARE awards are judged blind by local volunteers, making it a fair competition that recognizes excellence in remodeling, no matter the authorship.
Sarah Christian of Urban Gardens, Inc. received a First Place prize for a landscape remodel project in the Lowry Redevelopment Neighborhood in Colorado in the Landscaping category. The Cho-Chung family had plans to relocate to Denver from San Francisco when they contracted with Urban Gardens, Inc. long distance to design their backyard which was a blank slate in the Lowry Redevelopment neighborhood. Their vision for the backyard was to have an outdoor space with a “Colorado Zen” feel and an elegant, minimalist aesthetic. They wanted to use the space for entertaining with a pergola to shade their dining table and a conversation area with a fire pit for summer parties. They also wanted a Colorado landscape that required minimal water and maintenance and a place to grow their own vegetables and herbs.
Sarah’s work was judged by the strength of design ideas, aesthetic and market appeal, sensitivity to existing structure, appropriate use of existing building elements, function and flow, craftsmanship, and overall presentation and compliance with entry requirements. When asked, Sarah stated, “I’m very honored to receive this wonderful acknowledgement from a jury of my peers. I’d like to thank my clients, Ray Cho and Hannah Chung, for a great collaborative effort…” To read more, click here to view official press release.