The owners of this property in the Meridian Kessler neighborhood of Indianapolis called us in to revitalize their limited outdoor space to turn it from some foundation plantings and lawn into a multi-purpose space that would bring their family outside and improve curb appeal. We completed this project in two phases: first we did a functional overhaul on the back yard, and then a few years later we dressed up the front yard to fit with the new style and feel of the re-vamped back yard.
When approaching this architecturally beautiful home in the historic Meridian-Kessler neighborhood one thing stood out to us right away: the existing landscape did not match the character of the home. Our designers made it a goal to create a design that would not only enhance the architecture of the home but also create a sense of place and arrival. With the use of different forms, patterns, and symmetry we were able to create a landscape that worked well with the unique character of the home.
As summer gets underway we all look forward to spending time with family and friends, and we do that in many ways. A lot of us spend that time outdoors. Our outdoor living spaces brighten up our summers with gatherings in our backyards around the swimming pools, decks, fire features and lake retreats. Here are a few simple ways to help prepare for those outdoor gatherings so you can focus more on family and friends and less on hosting duties.
We see a whole range of styles, space use needs, and desired features, but everybody wants a place where they can feel relaxed and truly themselves with family and friends. This cozy, party-ready, backyard we installed in Carmel exemplifies that. The customer wanted her backyard to reflect who her family is, but the bland, traditional landscaping left by the builder was far from it. Once Amanda Thieman, our landscape designer, saw the inside of the home, she knew this was going to be a fun project.
We're well overdue for another featured project, so today we'll take a look at a home up in Carmel that epitomizes the trend towards fun and functional spaces for outdoor entertainment. The design includes a fire pit, fireplace, wet bar, grill, large screen TV, and outdoor dining space. The walk up to the front door passes under a canopy of river birch limbs. To the left, a mixture of hostas and hydrangeas showcase variety and interest in a monochromatic color scheme while the yews on the right will be shaped into a solid block to provide structure in the winter.