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By Cathy Carr, APLD
Cathy Carr and Garden Gate are proud to report that we received a 2010 Award of Merit from the national Professional Landcare Network, or PLANET.
We were referred to the homeowners by one of the area’s best residential architect/builders. Gilday Renovations completed a two-story addition to a DC residence several years ago, and the homeowners love their larger kitchen, new sitting room, and generous master bedroom. New energy-efficient windows allow additional light to fill the interior spaces, which is fantastic. Except that the beautiful new windows made crystal clear that the outdoor spaces weren’t attractive or inviting.
The homeowners wanted the views from their home to be as eye-catching as the new interior spaces. Additional entertaining and circulation space was required. Overgrown trees made the garden feel damp and bleak. A complete transformation of the back yard was clearly called for.
Four distinct areas were created from the narrow city lot: a flagstone dining terrace with ample grill space; a lawn panel; an upper shade garden above a new stone wall; and a deck that connects home to garden.