July 5, 2013: McLean Residence Completed

The homeowner of this lovely property in McLean envisioned transforming her property to reflect the contributions and hard work her late husband had labored over in the backyard but also wanted the landscape to represent a new phase in her life. Our challenge was to successfully join the space that her husband had nurtured with a new adaptive space that fit her needs currently and in the future. The existing conditions significantly limited the use of the backyard in a few ways. The patio was settling and sinking while the walls were not functional for seating or entertainment areas. The flow from the patio to the lawn space was disjointed and while the lawn could be accessed, the lawn was so sloped that it could not allow for any usable space. For sentimental reasons, the client asked that we work around an existing brick wall her husband had built, a very large existing oak tree and to transplant her husband’s favorite multi-stemmed holly. We work so closely with our growers that multiple visits were required to find the most perfect 14’ tall ‘Nellie Stevens’ holly as well as 16’ Southern Magnolias which now surround the putting green.

With a program developed closely with the client, our team was able to create a multi-use space suitable to entertain friends and family. The highlights of the new backyard included a custom gas and wood burning fireplace, a putting green, unique herringbone paving patterns, an outdoor kitchen, feet of usable seatwalls and established plantings.

As an avid golfer, the client wanted a professional feel to her newly designed putting green. We worked with the client during the base preparation and compaction to create custom slopes for her green. Our team created different areas with a greater slope for more break, flatter areas for straight  putts and levels for chipping. The highest quality turf was installed meticulously to avoid any sight of a seam and large boulders were used to transition the feel from a more formal terrace to an informal lower terrace. Cobble stairs were installed to step down from the putting green down to the sand trap and chipping area.

Existing yard

New putting green and patio

New putting green and patio

Outdoor kitchen area

Outdoor kitchen area

Custom fireplace and paving

Custom fireplace and paving