A proponent of clean, modern, and minimalist design, this Lincoln Park client wanted a landscape that was rooted in texture.

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Located on a small city lot, the outdoor areas needed to be optimized, a task that called for a simple plant palette and the clever reworking of space. Hoerr Schaudt was able to achieve both, starting with the entryway, where a variety of boxwood hedges assume the leading role, interjected by a single Japanese maple, an homage to the client’s heritage. A walkway meanders from one side of the site to the other, imploring visitors to lazily wander the property, rather than migrating directly from the sidewalk to the front door.

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At the back of the home, a floor-to-ceiling window contours the kitchen and dining area, leaving virtually no separation from the inside out. Previously, a small terrace sat on the other side of the glass door, abutted by the boring brown wall of the adjacent garage. Because the garage’s rooftop was to be transformed into a play area for the client’s young daughter, a stairwell would need to be installed. Playing off the idea of an incline, our team cleverly designed a sloping landscape to run beside the staircase, creating an ever-changing piece of art framed by the expansive window.

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Acting as a kind of guide, a Hindu Pan Pine, several mugo pines, and a blanket of pachysandra now lead one up the stairs to the new play area for the client’s young daughter.

Lastly, we converted the home’s rooftop into a skybound retreat, offering the client comfortable seating, a firepit, and skyline views.

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