Deck & Trellis on a Victorian Home

While renovating a 19th Century Victorian for one of our clients, they requested we add a deck to give them some outdoor space.  The problem was, they had a very small backyard but a huge side yard.  The solution was to locate the deck down the side of the house in this generous side yard.  […]

Renovated Landmark Garden Casino

Hidden in the sumptuous gardens behind a landmark Prairie School mansion on Sheridan Road is a small Garden Casino, built in 1912 along with the main house.  Over the subsequent years it had fallen into disrepair.   The current owners wished to restore this significant garden pavilion to its original condition without changing it.  We […]

Garden Shed in the Woods

In the wood of Lake County, Illinois is a fairyland garden that weaves among the ferns & trees.  The caretaker of this magical landscape commissioned our firm to design a small Shed for contemplation and storage that complement its surroundings. Cedar siding, a green metal roof and an open trellis all help accomplish this goal.  […]

Garden Pavilion

Lake Forest is well known for its fabulous residential gardens and avid gardeners.  Once such horticulturist commissioned us to design a stone & cedar Garden Pavilion immediately adjoining her raised flower & vegetable beds.  The result serves as a picturesque folly for one edge of her landscaped world.  It’s an idyllic vision of the ultimate […]

Porch with a Million Dollar View

The most sought after homes on the North Shore are the waterfront properties with views of Lake Michigan.  An owner of one such lakefront residence commissioned our firm to design a covered rear Porch that would allow them to visually connect with Lake Michigan and capture those sought after lakefront breezes from the comfort of […]

An Outdoor Room

Many Owners of smaller homes would like to expand their living space but don’t need an enclosed Addition and the cost that does with that.  This project illustrates one solution to the dilemma…An Outdoor Room.  We added a large exterior Deck to an existing one story bungalow that opens onto an adjoining side yard.  This […]