Eclectic Craftsman

Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association - 2012 Gold Award for Excellence in Residential Landscape Design and Construction.

This modern interpretation of a craftsman styled home was the inspiration for the eclectic and contemporary landscape design. Low garden walls which match the house veneer were incorporated to offer a sense of enclosure and add a bold architectural element to define the public and semi-private spaces.

Upon entering into the back yard through the home’s breezeway, the stage is set with the signature element of the design; a theatrical 5’ diameter fire pit and split fieldstone radial bench. The 100 year old cast iron fire pit began its life as a syrup kettle in which sugar cane was melted and still shows the foundry mark from Georgia.

To bridge the change in levels between the upper and lower terrace, a stunning set of convex and concave limestone steps integrate with patterned bluestone to create the dramatic landing.

A restrained palette of perennials and ornamental grasses combined with native shrub and tree species adds refinement and seclusion to the entire property. Additional details include bluestone medallions set in concrete, extensive landscape lighting, and a well engineered irrigation system.


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Overall view of front yard with pattern bluestone landing at the walk and split-faced fieldstone garden walls with custom Bedford coping. A band of Mexican beach pebbles adds a strong visual detail. Westhauser Photography
“Idea to section the large space into separate areas” — afcant
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Overall view of front yard with pattern bluestone landing at the walk and split-faced fieldstone garden walls with custom Bedford coping. A band of Mexican beach pebbles adds a strong visual detail. Westhauser Photography
“The trees on the left in this photo are Betula nigra or River Birch.” — David Chang
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Before photo of front walk after the invasive maples and failing ash tree were removed from the front of the house. Area at end of front walk is ready for bluestone. Garden walls to follow. Photo: Ginkgo Leaf Studio
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The garden walls are fragmented allowing the front walk and plants to emerge. Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ adds a bright spot of color to the opening in the wall. Westhauser Photography
“Entree avant” — sebdutil
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Dramatic view of concrete walk "puncturing" the garden walls. Bergenia 'Winterglut' and Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola' flank the wall. Westhauser Photography
“Plants” — jaburk45
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Camassia leichtlinii ‘Blue Danube’ is massed behind the garden walls for a dramatic spring floral display. Westhauser Photography
“Camas, Quamash, Wild Hyacinth Camassia These tall stalks with blue or cream flowering racemes look” — miso1
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View of the front yard at dusk. wall lights highlights the granite walls, uplights illuminate the river birch Westhauser Photography
“outdoor lighting” — laurareneedean
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The birch grove at dusk. Westhauser Photography
“cluster of trees” — jdjudd7
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Uplighting of birches with path and wall lighting. Westhauser Photography
“Landscape” — beverlyisrael
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Uplighting of birches with path and wall lights. Westhauser Photography
“path” — bjwbjn
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The birch grove and entry walk on a sunny day. Westhauser Photography
“Gradual decline” — kokobutter
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View of Betula nigra grove separating wedge-shaped front walk from driveway. Molinia arundinacea ‘Skyracer’ and Vinca minor ‘Bowles Variety’ fill the angled bed behind the garden walls. Westhauser Photography
“small trees and plants front garden” — majidaji
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Astilbe chinensis ‘Purple Candles’, Heuchera x ‘Raspberry Ice’, and Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ alongside the front walk. Westhauser Photography
“Exterior plant mix” — gildaboyer
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Before photo of the front walk and porch. Invasive Norway maples and failing ash trees made the home dark inside even on a sunny day. Photo: Ginkgo Leaf Studio
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An urn of annuals on the front porch with the birch grove in the distance. Westhauser Photography
“front garden simplicity” — majidaji
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A band of Mexican beach pebbles mimic the shape of the porch roof above providing a functional detail as the roof has no gutters. Geranium x ‘Rozanne’ flanks the front steps. Westhauser Photography
“better than grass” — kirisimms
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An oakleaf hydrangea and a granite boulder share space in a bed of vinca. Westhauser Photography
“gc” — steve43040
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Before photo of the dark back patio and crowded plantings which blocked the view into the rest of the beautiful wooded property.. Photo: Ginkgo Leaf Studio
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View from the breezeway. Pattern bluestone circular landing with concave and convex Waukesha Gray steps, along with bluestone medallions emphasize the visual axis to the fire pit bowl and seat wall. Westhauser Photography
“Patio” — dianepaul
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Fire pit at dusk. Photography: Edmunds Studios
“Like this fire pit” — heatherarmington
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Before photo from above of the existing patiowith rubble walls and uneven paving surface. The yew hedge blocked the view of the rest of the wooded property and made the patio area feel smaller than it really was. Photo: Ginkgo Leaf Studio
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Stepped split-face fieldstone seat walls enhance the change in elevation from upper to lower terrace. An Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ is the focal point in the nearby planting bed. Westhauser Photography
“fire pit with bench” — 4leafreeder
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North view of patio. Westhauser Photography
“not a complete seat” — Monica
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Fire pit seat wall as seen through Molinia arundinacea 'Skyracer'. Westhauser Photography
“fire pit with circular wall feature” — janelle9
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Stainless steel weir in split-face granite fieldstone wall. Westhauser Photography
“Love” — allaboutshoppin
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Before photo of the existing back patio, and failing rubble retaining wall. Photo was taken after the removal of a lot of invasive and diseased trees which immediately made the space brighter. Photo: Ginkgo Leaf Studio
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Dusk on the patio. Subtle uplighting of the seat wall back and wall fountain add to the drama. Photography: Edmunds Studios
“fire pit” — demcleod
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