The Webbink family moved to their new home and found a blank canvas in the landscape. Seeking more from their outdoor experience, they contacted Lift[ED] for assistance in 2017. Our work with this family included several meetings to discuss their needs, multiple conceptual iterations, and eventually a detailed plan that they were able to use to implement the vision. The design includes garden areas throughout the property with a focus on a new back patio complete with a small pond, shade structure, and outdoor fireplace.
A growing family that loves to be outside together hired Lift[ED] to convert an existing clay tennis court into a recreation area that serves multiple generations and allows them to be together while enjoying their time outside. Taking an intergenerational approach to design, we included a walking/riding track, a multipurpose lawn, a horseshoe pit, a court for games, a fire pit, and a covered picnic area surrounded by a lush garden of native plants.
We worked with these wonderful homeowners to help them plan for a space that would allow their kids to play while they entertain guests and cookout. The property slopes away in the back yard and requires some creative use of walls and stairs to facilitate a place for sitting and relaxing.
The Secret Garden was made for fun and designed to be functional for all generations of the family. The small stream has a potable water source for playtime and a recirculating source for general leisure. When it gets really hot, the dial gets turned to reveal pop-up sprayers, bubbling fountains, and cascading tunnels of water. The garden fits some of the best children’s garden features into a mere 100′ x 40′ area. Best of all, the “kid’s stuff” is actually just as much fun for the adults. There’s a fort building area hidden in the rhododendrons, a story telling chair (and newspaper reading chair) with a sacred circle of turf, a special bench made just for chillin’, hideouts and secret entrances all around.
That’s the lower area. On the hill behind you can explore the forest through boardwalks and nature trails. There’s a tree deck for relaxing in the upper canopy and a rope bridge that takes you to a slide which is threaded between the trees. Native plants line the trails and accent the hillside, inviting you to explore and enjoy being outside. Just for fun.