- Courtesy of: HomeandDesign.com
- By: Julie Sanders
For pros and clients, landscape schematics offer a valuable overview of a complex process
After going untended for a mere 20 or 30 years, the property of a Bethesda couple needed a facelift—at least that’s why they initially hired McHale Landscape, Inc. Once they began the process, however, the owners’ vision for their overgrown yard—and their wish list—grew exponentially. Soon, says Will Smith, the landscape architect on the project, it had become a full-scale renovation.
Smith started the way most landscape architects do: with a schematic drawing of the landscape plan. “A schematic or preliminary drawing gives us a feel for the layout of the design, so you can see the hardscaping and beds, etc.,” he says. “It’s not the details but an overview of what the design will be and how the elements will relate to each other.”
Instead of refurbishing the rundown old pool, Smith installed a new one farther from the house to take better advantage of the three-acre property, creating what he calls “a destination pool” with a pergola on its far end as a focal point. A cutting garden for the wife and a bird sanctuary for the husband, plus a dry creek bed for collecting rainwater, a waterfall and a flagstone path round the perimeter of the yard, completed the job.
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