Residential PORTFOLIO:

A Family Retreat

ILCA Award – Residential Construction Silver Award

Quality family time was the leading inspiration for the landscape design of a traditional colonial home in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Working with the charming character of an oak tree forest and pond, the rear landscape features a dock extending from a native-landscaped shoreline used for fishing and swimming. The pond’s restored shoreline features native prairie grasses and colorful irises. Ornamental plants in limestone containers rotated each season and prairie grass flourish to complement the hardscape and water features.

Multiple spaces were provided for family enjoyment. On the lower terrace, flagstone surrounds a pool with curving, fluid edges to create a natural transition between the lawn and dock area. On the upper terrace, the spa is also surrounded by flagstone but is coped by limestone around the edges to protect against scraping.

Between the home, pool and spa terraces, a sprawling lawn is bordered by plant beds filled with pink astilbes, white hydrangeas and large boulders. Shaded by large mature oak trees, the back lawn acts as a place for creative play.

While family interaction is an integral part of the design, it was also important to create a space to sit and relax. Outdoor seating areas are strategically placed throughout the landscape and on all terraces. The landscape architect worked closely with the architect to determine placement of a pool house with French doors transitioning to an outdoor space for dining.

Through collaboration with the homeowner and architect, Mariani created a usable outdoor space for relaxation, entertaining and family fun for years to come.

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