J. Brownlee Design


Services Provided
We provide complete site design services, including Conceputal Design and Master Planning options for both homeowners and development contractors. We also provide complete construction observation and project management services to ensure the finished product adheres to the original design intent.

Areas Served
We design for our residential and contractor clients nationally, and provide complete construction development for our customers in the Southern US (Atlanta, Birmingam, Nashville, Memphis, Jackson, Little Rock, etc.)

Typical Job Cost
$100,000 - $2,000,000

Business Description
We are a professional Landscape Architecture Design firm specializing in creative residential exterior solutions for both homeowners and contractors. We design custom pools, spas, water and fire features, and create functional and aesthetic outdoor living spaces that discover and enhance the natural character of the site providing unique spaces for our client's enjoyment.

Certification and Awards
We are members of all major industry professional societies, including ASLA, APSP, Carecraft, and Genesis 3. We have won multiple International Design Awards for our work, and are a recurring featured Design Professional published in Luxury Pools (www.LuxuryPools.com)
Nashville Area Award Winning Pool & Outdoor Living Design Firm
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9160 highway 64, suite 12-150
Lakeland, TN 38002 
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I am going to respectfully disagree with the above two comments. A brick home without stone accent is just that -- a big hunk of brick in various shapes, and can be very boring. The character of the house gets lost in the mass of monotonous material. Likewise, an all-stone veneer home is way too overpowering -- looks more like a university building than a residential home. I am a big fan of mixed materials on a home (ideally in the 75/25 brick to stone ratio). The one caveat I would say is that the stone sections must be asymmetrical weighted correctly when viewing the home from the street level --(if the stone section is just the very center, or center with two matching ends, the house will never look or feel "right" if that makes sense. That said, I very much like the elevation of the mixed materials design you have provided -- it adds interest and character to the home. Take that stone away and you have a "blah" series of gabled rooflines that blend with one another.

As far as your specific materials, I really like your brick selection -- in fact, I have a version of the Old Virginian brick on my personal home. If choosing between the two manufactured stones listed above, I would go with the more linear Natural Blend Weather Ledge option as opposed to the more rustic Natural Blend Ledgestone. Reason = the random or angled edges of the natural stone style begin to look haphazard or "thrown up on a wall", when installed on a 2-story house (scale), and become especially when contrasted with the clean mortar joint lines of the brick. I would stick with the more linear Weather Ledge option.

HOWEVER, from a personal opinion, I would STRONGLY suggest considering a natural stone product instead of a manufactured stone material. I am a bit of a purist in design, but I can tell the difference between the products every time I glance at a home or landscape that uses the fake stone material. Some of the options are pretty well done, but the majority look like painted concrete to a discerning eye. The natural stone is a beautiful material, whether you view it from a distance (street view) or up close (someone standing at your entry) -- which is where the material of the manufactured stone begins to look fake. You can get Natural Veneer Building stone in both full bed thickness, and Thin Veneer = the same material thickness as the manufactured product.

My personal choice of material for your brick color and home style would be an Oklahoma Multi-Blend Veneer Stone (or an Arkansas Stone in a ledge drystack as an alternative). The buff-to-natural brown colors will blend perfectly with the color of your brick, and would complement the home. Look up these options and see if you can see the difference before you make a decision. Two quarries that I have used to supply this style of stone are Earthworks (www.ewgroupinc.com), and Semco (www.Semcostone.com).

Hope this helps your decisions, and Good Luck!
July 22, 2014 at 8:23am        Thanked by Jeremy Rimmer
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To say that stone and brick don't play well together is ridiculous. It's not quite chocolate and peanut butter, but it's darn close.
July 22, 2014 at 8:49am     
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Thanks for the advice. We were second thinking our stone choice for some of the same reasons you mentioned, just didn't know it until you said those things. The stone did look a little fake. We'll go take a look at other stone. Thanks
July 22, 2014 at 5:52pm     
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Lovely home. As for the rock wall, I would say you have three terraces to landscape for a beautiful view. If you want to hide the upper wall completely, fill in the area in front with tall flowering shrubs and evergreens. You can do the same with the lower "wall" and/or try some trailing perennials like ivy. Do something fun, like planting each level for a different season of color. At the very top, it would be great to plant trees and shrubs that would blaze with fall colors against that woodsy background. I would avoid any plans that required a lot of seasonal maintenance or mowing on that high terrace though.
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Thanks for the additional pics for reference, and it looks like you are building a beautiful house! From the provided pictures, it looks like you are building a walkway curving around and in front of the excavated stone of the natural slope. Best guess from the pics is that the natural stone outcropping is about 7-8' in height, with an additional 2'-ish stone retaining wall above it.

If the excavated area were soils, then you wouldn't even have a question -- you would build a retaining wall to hold it back and to create the desired view from the home and lawn area. And although the excavated embankment is stone, it is not attractive or decorative stone, and should be looked at just like it was a soil embankment. My recommendation would be to build a terraced stacked stone wall with a low section about 2 to 2.5' in height that would sit about 8-ish feet in front of the stone cut-line (with a curve for added character), backfill that wall with topsoil and plant with mixed evergreens. Then install a second tier decorative stacked stone wall in front of the remaining visible stone cut line -- not for decorative, not retaining purposes. Then use the upper wall as the top tier for the overall design. Breaking up the lower wall into two tiers will make the entire space feel more attached to the home and less imposing on a residential scale -- and will complement the character of the house you are building.

If you would like any further help on this, send a quick plan view (and a few more pics) of the area and I would be happy to sketch a layout idea. Hope this helps!
July 22, 2014 at 7:40am   
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I would go for the detached pergola idea as well. If designed to match the materials and style of the house, it will become a visual accent as well as functional shade device. It will also help define the space. I am not a fan of retractable awnings -- they look, well, manufactured, to put it nicely and will enclose the already smaller space even more. Likewise, the cantilevered umbrella will provide function (shade), but will always look like it is a cantilevered umbrella -- it doesn't blend well in the space.

Just a few thoughts.....
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I have a retractable awning and although does give us shade (direction of sun so influences!) it is VERY sensitive to wind- wood structure better idea.
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Agreed - a pergola would look great! Rather than a retractable awning, have you considered adding a shade system directly to your pergola? Some ideas pictured below; more info available on our website: http://www.amishgazebos.com/pergola/
July 23, 2014 at 2:55pm   
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What part of the country are you in? That will impact the plant material palette you can use.
July 18, 2014 at 5:43pm   
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Here is a quick idea for you.
(1) use three larger evergreen trees (that can handle sun) at the center of the long wall to break up the length of the garage. (Hinoki Cypress is favorite, but not as hardy as Nellie R Stevens or similar holly).
(2) group of (5) larger evergreen backdrop shrubs against house & covered patio (Otto luyken laurel / SIlveking Eounymus / Encore Azalea, etc.)
Install (2) medium sized attractive boulders (per sketch) and connect them with an S-curved low stone bed edge / wall (only 2 or 3 stone high).
(3) HIghlight the accent space created by the S-curve stone with a specimen low and spreading Crimson Queen Japanese Maple (B&B, 5' spread).
(4) install (3) Firepower Nandina in the pocket below the evergreens created by the S-curved stone wall.
(5) add an ornamental grass next to the last evergreen for texture contrast.
End the plating near the driveway with (3) goldmop cypress for color, or more standard parsons juniper. and (3) specialty daylillys for color - your pick.
(6) complete the front of the curved stone edge with low mondo or dwarf mondo groundcover at 6"o.c., including under the Jap. Maple.

Don't forget to add landscape lighting to make it come alive!
Hope this helps!
July 18, 2014 at 6:31pm     
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No problem! I am buried in a large-scale pool hydraulic design tonight, and needed a "creative moment" break for a second :-) That's just a few ideas, and please, discuss plant selections with your local landscape nursery (other than Home Depot / Lowes) and confirm that the plants will work well in your area, but they should be hearty and handle the sun. Good luck -- and have fun planting!
July 18, 2014 at 6:59pm   
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Will do, thanks again!
July 18, 2014 at 7:24pm     
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Red cedar will last if painted or treated. PVC will last forever over pt frame.
July 18, 2014 at 5:18pm   
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If the pergola is intended for aesthetic purposes as well as function (shade, enclosure, etc.) then a decorative hardwood is the only way to go. Cypress or Red Cedar can be stained with a translucent stain, and will bring out the natural character of the material. An opaque or solid color stain will still allow the texture of the wood to show through and preserve the aesthetic nature of the structure. Vinyl will always look, well, vinyl, and is hard to dress up, especially in an exterior environment. I vote for wood every time!
July 18, 2014 at 5:52pm   
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Thank you for sharing the est costs! It is so frustrating when PRO's won't offer a range to give us all an idea of the potential cost on these projects. Thanks again, great job!
May 30, 2014 at 11:39am   
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The stone used on this project is an Arkansas Fieldstone, laid in a dry-stack style. The Flagstone coping, wall cap, and patio banding is an Oklahoma Multi-blend flagstone product.
July 18, 2014 at 3:47pm   
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This pool was designed, and build, by J.Brownlee Design. I design projects like these around the country. The slide is a BYOS 1 custom designed waterslide from Inter-fab. Let me know if I could help you out in any way!
July 18, 2014 at 3:43pm   
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Thank you! The stone is a mixture of Arkansas Fieldstone stacked stone, Missouri smooth flagstone for wall caps, and mixed Arkansas slabs and boulders for the waterfall. I mixed a few pieces of Pennsylvania Bluestone in the waterfall to add a little splash of natural color.
July 18, 2014 at 3:42pm   
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I don't know about genius, but it was very fun to design (and even more fun for the 5-year old who gets to have this in his backyard!)
July 18, 2014 at 3:40pm   
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Lots of fireplace retailers carry these heat-treated river rocks. Most are imported in from Peru.
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The stone is a polished lava rock material -- it has ben cut to look like a decorative beach pebble for the color and shape, but it is actually a lava rock material, so it will not explode when subjected to prolonged and intense heat! A good fireplace shop or local stone yard who knows his stuff should be able to direct you to a supplier. I have to buy them by the truckload on palettes to have enough for about a year's worth of projects on-hand.
July 18, 2014 at 3:39pm   
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This pool is approx. 40' in length by approx. 14' in width (narrowing down to right at 11' width at the center "pinch point".
July 18, 2014 at 3:35pm   
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The stone for this fireplace is just an Arkansas Fieldstone material, laid in a dry-stack installation. The stone supplier was Christie Cut Stone, in Memphis, Tennessee.
July 18, 2014 at 3:34pm   
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This is a natural stone (I don't use the fake stone materials (painted concrete). It is Arkansas Fieldstone, laid in a dry-stack wall. You are correct!
July 18, 2014 at 3:33pm   
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This pool plaster is a custom blended Pebbletec mixture -- closest commercially available color would be Tahoe Blue from Pebbletec, with a 20% admixture of Blue Water Glass Beads from Beadcrete.
July 18, 2014 at 3:32pm   
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This tile is a Vibrance Series blend -- Sapphire color 1x2 tile from Classic Tile in Atlanta, GA.
July 18, 2014 at 3:30pm   
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The pool interior finish is a custom blended Pebbletec finish -- basically a blend of Tahoe Blue Pebbletec with a 20% blue water beadcrete glass bead mixture. The lights are a series of nicheless LED SAVI Melody lights set throughout the front edge of the pool for a consistent light throughout the pool. Hope this helps!
July 18, 2014 at 3:29pm   
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You can learn more about build your own slides at the link below and then contact your local APSP member to finalize your slide project. Have fun!
http://www.interfab.com/swimming-pool-slides/Build-Your-Own-Slide.aspx http://www.apsp.org/Consumer/LocateAPro.cfm?navItemNumber=786
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This slide was a custom designed BYOS 1 waterslide from Inter-fab. The color was a premium cappuccino blend. The slide was approx. 22' in length.
July 18, 2014 at 3:26pm   
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This pool finish was a custom blended Pebbletec finish. The closest commercially available sample color would be between Tahoe Blue and Midnight Blue from Pebbletec. Hope this helps you out!
July 18, 2014 at 3:24pm   
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This was a custom blend pebbletec finish on the pool. The closest available color would be Tahoe Blue or Midnight Blue PebbleTec finish. Hope this helps you out!
July 18, 2014 at 3:23pm   
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Yes. This was a custom design playground space that was a blast to create! Unfortunately, this is not mass produced, but I would be happy to design something similar if you'd like!
Thanks!
July 18, 2014 at 3:21pm   
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Yes. This is the grotto underneath the primary center waterfall from the main project picture. There is a bench seat surrounding the hidden gathering space beyond, with a skylight up to the ground level above. A series of "starry night' LED lights creates a constellation effect on the ceiling of the grotto. Thanks!
July 18, 2014 at 3:20pm   
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For the landscape privacy screen on this project, I used a mixture of several evergreen plant materials. The center trees are a very full and dense dark green Nellie R Stevens holly. Adjacent to them on either side are a series of lighter green coniferous textured Cryptomeria trees. I used a grouping of Little Gem Southern Magnolia's in the series, and finished the entire back run off with two groupings of three Waxleaf Ligustrum -- treeform, at either corner.
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This glass tile was provided by Classic Pool Tile, out of Atlanta, Georgia. It is a 1x2 iridescent glass material, and is in their Vibrance series. I believe the color was Sapphire. I hope this helps you!
July 18, 2014 at 3:16pm   
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This question is making me dig back into my memory. I designed and built this pool in 2002, so it has been a little while! If memory serves though, the pool was about 44' in length, with a width between 7' at the tightest and about 11' at full width. (It was a VERY shallow backyard that we worked the watershape and landscape into). The spa extended about 5' beyond the length of the pool, and was around 7-8' in both length and width (not including the chamfered spillover edge). Hope this helps!
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oh...this is magnificent by the way. Thanks for sharing your work.
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Not a dumb question -- and the answer is... yes. It is a pool that people can get in and enjoy, but the sanitization system will not harm koi or plant life -- this family uses the area primarily as a koi pond (I believe they have about 30 koi), but will get in the vessel as well (although their primary pool is in the backyard).
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This stone was a custom cut Tennessee Craborchard blend stone. It has an overall buff hue, but has some integral color, including some rose or pinkish hues (which some people love, and others cannot stand!) The quarry for this stone is in Middle Tennessee (Craborchard, Tennessee, between Nashville and Knoxville.)
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In a way, yes! I am a freelance design Landscape Architect, and I work on projects around the country. After we create a design to meet your needs and desires, I work within my network of professional pool contractors and builders to select the right fit to create a custom project. Feel free to give me a call or drop a line if you are interested in discussing a specific project! Thanks!
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This slide is a custom designed BYOS 1 waterslide from Inter-Fab. This particular design is approx. 22' in length, and sits about 5.5' above water level. The color is cappuccino -- a premium color upgrade.
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This project is built at a residence located just outside of Memphis, Tennessee. It started out as a flat and open grass lawn, and we made it a backyard resort for a great family to enjoy!
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Good afternoon! The interior finish on this pool was a custom blended pebble material -- a mixture of Pebbletec and Bead glass material. The closest commercially available color would probably be Pebbletec Tahoe blue with a 20% blend of Water Blue Beadcrete glass beads. Hope this helps!
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