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Issue Date: April 2007 Issue


Garden Structures

Land Creations Landscaping Inc.
Honor
Land Creations Landscaping Inc. of Columbia Station broughtsome new concepts to its residential client in search of freshideas. The project, not just an aesthetic exercise, also addresseddrainage problems on the property. Instead of a simple patio,landscapers created an outdoor room. With the removal of anold outdoor deck and the introduction of an entire patio under acedar arbor, Land Creations established a simple look. Square-cutarbor edges provide the homeowners with the desired complementto their modern home. The view from the outdoor roominto the dining area, framed by the arbor, catches the moonlight,setting up a breathtaking scene while lush landscaping and acustom rock bubbler add an audio and visual backdrop for entertainingguests. A sitting area constructed with bricks runs at45-degree angles to provide the illusion of a much larger spaceand to define different areas of the space. A less formal, more natural-looking dining area uses Ohio toprock. Strategically placedplants help break up the appearance of a solid wall.

The Weidner Group
Merit
The Weidner Group of North Ridgeville helped its clientdiscover few obstacles are insurmountable. The large familyhad problems with the number of cars taking up space inthe driveway as well as the amount of shade in the space. Bycreating a single parking space, they found enough room fora cedar pergola, some hardscaping, bubble rock, a fire pit andsome glorious floral treatment. The pergola acts as a ceilingover the fire pit as well as adding interest to the area. A stonewall became a focal point.

The Weidner Group
Merit
The Weidner Group of North Ridgeville was contacted todesign a fireplace that would work in its client's existinglarge, cement patio space. The area not only had a small porcharea with a high step but also had a grill that was away fromthe porch, making it difficult to access in winter months. A cedarpergola was installed. New pavers, knee walls and columnswere added. A porch extension affords easier grill access, regardlessof the season. Cutting away concrete along the houseallowed for planting beds while the addition of walls and stepsfinish off the total look.

Land Creations Landscaping Inc.
Honor
Land Creations Landscaping Inc. of Columbia Station designeda multi-level patio for its residential client. Each levelhas its own function yet works in harmony with the others. Theupper patio, situated approximately 4 feet off the ground andsurrounded by black picket fencing, is the ideal place for familydining or cozy evening entertaining with friends. The middle patiois an outdoor kitchen, complete with grill, sink, lighting andarbor. Both the grill and sink face into the main dining area toallow for ongoing conversation while cooking takes place. A customcedar arbor covers this area, framing the view to the lowerpatio. A water feature between the upper and middle levels addssoothing background sounds of water cascading over rocks. Hydrangeassoften the hardscape. A walkway from the middle patioleads through two pillars and an arbor, ultimately ending at thedriveway. The ideal place for socializing, the lower patio is bothan intimate and comfortable space for afternoon entertaining orrelaxation. Bar stools become additional seating. A gas pit, activatedwith the flick of a switch, is a welcomed enhancement tothis patio level.

Land Creations Landscaping Inc.
Merit
Land Creations Landscaping Inc. of Columbia Station determined,because of the size and scale of its client's vastbrick home, a single, dynamic focus was important. With thatin mind, a limestone water sculpture was introduced. A courtyard,requiring 200 tons of base under a 1,600-square-footpatio, was next. From the center of the courtyard come thesounds of cascading water. Once in view, the water sculpturedraws the viewer's eye to the landscape and ultimately back tothe house, giving the home the attention it deserves.

The Weidner Group
Merit
The Weidner Group of North Ridgeville created a multilevelliving/entertaining space for a couple who loves beingoutdoors. Sliding doors in the home open to curved stepsleading to the first level of the patio. A grilling area and counterspace were incorporated to provide adequate room for foodpreparation. Limestone counter tops with rock facing add aquality touch. Relaxation begins at a cozy fireplace area, whereadditional space is available for a table and chair set. A birchtree and spirea not only soften the center but also act as roomdividers.

The Weidner Group
Merit
The Weidner Group of North Ridgeville created all the amenitiesfor the family that loves to entertain. A putting greenwas a must-have for this family, as were the built-in speakersand small lights, making it the perfect space for the occasional night putting contest. A two-sided fireplace - visible fromthe green - was also part of the plan. A bubbling rock lends itssignature greeting to guests as they enter the patio. An outdoorgrill and an adjacent nook perfectly sized for a small diningtable plus a bar area provide wonderful spaces for gathering.

American Beauty Landscaping
Merit
American Beauty Landscaping of Boardman helped its residentialclient delineate its front and side yards. Throughits introduction of a red cedar arbor, gate and fence, AmericanBeauty Landscaping created not only a visual but also a physicalbarrier. The sloping front sidewalk ends in a barnstone retainingwall. Once leveled, the area was ready for the introductionof a fence and perennials. Woodwork stained white ties in withthe architecture of the home. This all created an old-fashionedcourtyard ambiance.

Vizmeg Landscape Inc.
Honor
Vizmeg Landscape Inc. of Stow created a secluded getaway forits residential client. Planning was essential for this project,as were collaborative efforts with other contractors. The hardscapeportion alone included the extension of the masonry retainingwall and steps, addition of a multi-level deck and railing,introduction of a fire pit and masonry barbeque area, layout andpreparation for stamped concrete plus coordination with theswimming pool/spa contractor. Vizmeg's attention to detail isapparent with the decision to incorporate the same brick used inthe residence and in the hardscape. Masonry stonework, customrailings and a pool deck were created to add to both the backelevation of the home and the walk-out deck. This is a multifunctionaldeck that serves as both space for entertaining andtransition space for the various levels in the layout. A custom Vikingbarbeque topped with a thick bull-nosed granite countertopis more than adequate for large party entertaining but tucks outof the way when not in use. A masonry firepit is next to a seatwallon the lower-level patio.

American Beauty Landscaping
Merit
American Beauty Landscaping of Boardman designed aformal entertaining area for its client who wanted a multifunctionalspace to appeal to family members of different ages.Large sandstone boulders, interspersed with fieldstone wallwork,integrated a natural look with the formal look of thehome. The pool and hot tub were relocated for easier access.Introducing a waterfall and Koi pond added both sound andsight interest from the terrace, landing and patio. A spaciouspool deck, including a water feature, pool bar and raised fire, provide entertaining options.

KGK Gardening & Design Corp.
Merit
KGK Gardening & Design Corp. of Hudson transformed abackyard landscape into a cohesive, usable space for entertainmentand personal enjoyment. By eliminating small,segregated patios and narrow timber stairs surrounded by 6-foot walls, KGK created an open vista in the backyard. A dualarchedarbor serves as an introduction to the newly createdlandscape. The curve of a sandstone staircase leads to the patiobelow. A formal brick knee wall encloses the area while providingseating and visual relief from the sandstone. Traditionalcolumns and pergola painted white complement the home.


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