We need street appeal and an landscape plan for the 3 areas of our front/side yards
1. Front Yard Dimensions (50*50)
2. Side yard triangle 50 *7 from walk to house (which has transformer box) and strip to right of driveway 35 *2.5 from house to rear garage
3. Small area against house approx. 15*4 which contains power meter box
1. Landscape Color Renderings using actual photo(s) of house
2. Project list to accomplish plantings and work in stages (Pick any supplier that is preferably in Middlesex county, NJ or will deliver there and ensure I can get your recommended plants/stone etc
3. Plant list (must be able to survive in New jersey USA zone 6-7)
1. Think stone (Delaware river rock or red stone - love both), think hardwood/slate paver front walk, plants, flowers - lots of color and rubberized mulch (if you must have mulch).
2. Think spreading cover like pachysandra or better with color like Blue Creeping Phlox(I'd like it to get better every year)
3. Incorporate the Dwarf English Boxwoods, (Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa') that we planted 1 week ago. There are 50 of them. They will only grow 1 to 2 inches per year and I'm ok if in 5 to 10 years there's a low hedge. I'm ok if we have to change them to a degree from their recently planted location.
4. You must do something unusual.
I want the house to stand out and am not afraid to do something like:
Maybe use the raised hedge of Photinia x fraseri 'Red Robin or beech (Fagus sylvatica) and hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) on the sides above the box wood hedge but in the same bed? Maybe in the front as well?Maybe not - just think outside the box - modern take on a 40 year old home.
4. Provide a color rendering using the pic of actual house.
5. Planting List in stages:
New Jersey USA located planting list and color rendering for right side and front yard
Give project planting list that can be done in stages for plants that will survive in NJ, USA (zone 6-7)
6. Design for kids in mind (They play on front lawn and driveway everyday)but keep it modern:Do something unusual like:
Enable us to have a place for neighbors to walk by and talk and sit....keep it close to the sidewalk (bottom left when viewing house) I guess so people are more likely to use it. Parents walk by with kids in tow and we want them to not feel they are intruding but have a place to chat for a few minutes
Incorporate an area to have a limited amount of pre-planned kid play in that front yard. I love the pic of writing board:
use this http://www.houzz.com/photos/25082/whiteboard-eclectic-landscape-san-francisco
on the left side of a small seating/firepit area at the bottom left of front lawn
I'd love to be able to as kids get older have a hang out on summer nights and place for parents to sit at night in the front and watch kids catch fire flies at the bottom left:
http://www.houzz.com/photos/328053/Sprekels-Park-Residence-traditional-porch-san-diego (really love this idea)
Or if you think its more appropriate at top left ...Give us a seating area to watch our kids play:http://www.houzz.com/photos/131984/Less-Lawn-More-Garden-traditional-exterior-new-york
THE ABILITY TO ENTERTAIN/INTERACT on bottom left of front lawn is critical (I don't want to sit next to transformer on bottom right (which needs to be hidden(
PLEASE JUST REMEMBER THAT WE WILL HAVE A DECK BULT ACROSS THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE FROM GARAGE TO LEFT SIDE WHERE PRESENT STOOP IS. SEE FRONT ELEVATION PLANS of that deck at:
7. We must have a front walk that is modern and I prefer a hardwood /concrete or hardwood/slate look - see our doors how they are carriage style stained doors.....the front door will be like that link below at some point):
Use two materials in the front walk....concrete and hardwood or slate and hardwood
slate/paver look alike is ok like http://www.techo-bloc.com/homeowners/index.php?p=Products&e=view&productId=201 ) AND an teak hardwood set low enough to not make a step...maybe teak walk with slate mixed in .
OR teak and concrete (probably cheaper for us)
(I don't like having friends/family having to walk up our driveway to the front door....but I definitely need to separate friends from clients (clients will go up the driveway when stamped to back building)(Therefore Possibly incorporate a small gate at bottom of front walk (And at present concrete walk)- but remember to encourage neighbors to sit on bottom left)
we love specialty hardwoods like:
We really need a formal front entrance to the door and I do like slate and specialty hardwood:
http://www.houzz.com/photos/108338/Carter-Rohrer-Co--traditional-landscape-chicago but use a material other than paver...
Consider these looks for the front walk which combine materials:
JUST KEEP IN MIND WE ARE GOING TO STAMP THE DRIVEWAY AFTER LANDSCAPING
in one of these designs from archbazar
Design for Vegetables on right side of driveway when viewing house in 1 to 4 vegtrugs or other raised planter on the right side of driveway.( http://www.vegtrug.com/ )
DEsign to have a place on top right of driveway in narrow strip 3 feet wide to have kids park toys/trucks/big wheels
Don't forget small 15*4 area next to house:
We will also be having a paver patio and steps installed under breezeway
Remember that this fall we will place a front porch extending across entire front of house. You may want to show plantings in front of that deck. See front elevation at:
Consider staining the brick:
Utilize Delaware River Rock (http://www.hermanslandscapesupply.com/content/stone/)
Give us some color that blooms in 3 seasons in the beds surrounding the dwarf boxwoods but keep the flowering plants low
Color rendering using the actual house.
Must use the actual photo in your work. (I need to see it on our house/lawn)
Think of a modern approach on a 40 year old home that considers neighbors stopping by....kids interacting
Use what we have...even if some plants (miniature boxwoods) need to be moved
Front walk is critical but must use two materials
Remember to use a gate/etc even if just 3 feet wide at walk to separate family& friends from clients(who will go up stamped driveway to back building)
Do not move the cedar green giants
Allow me to do this in stages if necessary for expense
Price is a concern so keep it within reason making the front walk the most expensive aspect but make it pop with color