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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Some 'Before' & 'Afters' and Front Lawn Removals

BEFORE - Lawn and unused space
A new courtyard entry gives this home more livable space and more room for entertaining with a little privacy and no more watering and mowing!

AFTER:  Nice steel trowel concrete fire pit with beautiful glass toppings for that after dinner get together. 

BEFORE: We needed a retaining wall for the grade changes but who says it needed to be ugly and useless.  
AFTER - Pizza oven, counter space and lots of storage. 

BEFORE: These homeowners wanted more adult entertaining areas.

AFTER - No more lawn and a very nice place for an adult dinner party!  Bring on the pizza! 
AFTER - No more lawn, privacy for the master bedroom, pizza for dinner, and a warm fire after dinner!

AFTER-We reduced the lawn size here but kept some for the new baby that was on the way!


BEFORE - nothing existing to say 'Modern &  sleek interior' of the home.
AFTER - No more unnecessary watering and mowing here and the house tells you there is some modern updating going on here. 

AFTER- The dymondia ground cover has filled in nicely in less than a year.  

BEFORE  (Deer Country) Deer resistant plantings are needed here. 
AFTER-This lawn area was a 'no mow' grass that takes less water and can be mowed if they choose.
AFTER - The deer resistant plantings are growing in nicely. 

BEFORE-Their lawn suffered from lack of water & sun from large tree root competition.
AFTER - Low water use plantings used here with strong root systems that can compete with the existing tree roots.
BEFORE: Time to get rid of this large water thirsty lawn for a dry usable space and add some privacy to the front of the home from the street. 
AFTER  (Did I mention Deer Country here also?)
Before - Here is another example of removing unused front lawns and replacing with usable space as an extension to their home.

 After - Front Courtyard Entry -A warm place for coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the afternoon with just the right amount of privacy from the street.  

Before - Here is a front yard in Capitola that wasn't being used very much.  The lot has a very small back yard so having some usable outdoor space was much welcomed.  

After - We added to the strong architectural style of the home and a nice warm spot to enjoy the warm afternoon sun.  That's Dymondia in front of the walls for a nice low ground cover that doesn't need much water and no mowing!

 Before - There is a wall of glass block under there somewhere?  Privacy was wanted but a little more light coming in would be nice. This is a planting bed that does not have good drainage so the drought tolerant plantings here were struggling.
  After - We used plants that liked lots of water and added the blast of color the homeowner loved!  Privacy isn't an issue and there is lots more light coming in now!

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