Landscape Design in Michigan
Residential Landscape Design
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For this backyard
renovation project, we
incorporated light and
sound, fire and water, a food prep / grill area, a dining patio,
spaces for talking and dancing, and a pergola with sound system,
lighting and warmth from above.
Our firm provided design
and project management services over 4 years and 3 phases of work.
The construction was accomplished by 11 different firms plus
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this home expansion project, Designscapes, Inc. provided site design
services for the entire yard, including waterfalls, koi pond,
vanishing-edge spa, patios, plantings, outdoor kitchen
and fireplace plus new driveways.
backyard retreat started out as an ordinary backyard of an historic
home. The homeowner wanted
to create a series of garden spaces. The finished project includes a
swimming pool and spa, a sauna, a secret garden with a pond and
waterfall, and natural stone patios. An arbor-covered path with
perennial borders connects the different features together.
A narrow back yard
was transformed into a beautiful residential retreat incorporating
three waterfalls, a koi pond, retaining walls, plantings, and
several patio areas.
project began with a hillside that drained toward the house, creating moisture
problems in the basement. By creating a winding stream flowing through wooded
property to a pond, the flow of runoff water was intercepted. The result is a
beautiful view, pleasant sound, and a dry basement. A natural stone patio takes
you right to the edge of the pond where you can watch the fish swimming about.
PINE ISLAND DRIVE
– BIRCH RUN TOWNSHIP We provided the layout for an 850’ long road that winds its way through
building sites on 34 acres. We also created the grading plan for 3
interconnected ponds totaling 3 ¼ acres, utilizing the excavated soils for site
contouring. Culverts link the water bodies and provide “bridge” entries to the 2
rear waterfront lots. We coordinated site utilities, road engineering, and
county approvals. Project management oversaw pond and site grading, tree moving,
and installation of natural stone retaining walls and bridges.
walking onto your backyard deck as the rolling terrain unfolds before you. At
the bottom of the hill to your right is the horse stable, and straight ahead are
the rolling pastures. Now add a swimming pool with a beach entry and a vanishing
edge. A stream flows along the hill above and cascades into the pool. There is a
built-in grill with a granite counter. Best of all, all the pool equipment is
hidden in a sunken equipment room -- quiet and hidden from view.
started out with an inaccessible wooded building site surrounded by wetland
areas. After creating an access drive winding its way through the woods, we were
able to help the owners decide on a location for the house. Then the real fun
began. We created a grading plan that allowed for a walk-out lower level on the
house. Digging a pond generated the soil needed to build up the drive and area
around the house. To this pond we added a stream and waterfall. The kids love to
wade and play in the stream, and they enjoy fishing in the pond. A series of
rustic bridges allow access to the island in the center.
project began as a house on a bluff overlooking Lake Huron. We used an artesian
well to create a stream and a series of three interconnected trout ponds that
welcome visitors. A stone bridge allows the water to flow under the entry drive.
Patios, decks, and a sunken spa round out this project.
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