Outdoor Living Area (Design/Build)

Grand Award

Kane Landscapes, Inc.

From Flooded to Fabulous

The county had shut down this site due to the previous company not obtaining all required construction permits and not following best erosion control practices. The clients wanted to resolve these issues and make their property a beautiful entertainment area for family and guests to enjoy. After months of work, the project was completed in spring 2015. A large, serpentine retaining wall keeps a vast majority of runoff at bay. The rebuilt outdoor porch, complete with a ventless fireplace, hidden automatic screens, and an A/V system, brings the room up to code. Just steps down from the new outdoor room is a large entertaining patio surrounded by natural stone sitting walls, a fireplace, and outdoor kitchen and bar area. Extensive quantities of large evergreen trees were planted to hide the amenities from street view and provide privacy for the family.


Grand Award

Land & Water Design

Backyard Retreat
Rockville, MD

Our client contacted us to design an outdoor living space. To satisfy both the homeowners and local officials, we divided the backyard into two distinct areas—a lower level with a saltwater pool with a sheer descent water feature, a firepit, and a putting green; and an upper level with a living area with seating, outdoor grill, and spa.


Grand Award

Surrounds Landscape Architecture and Construction

Soobert Residence

The landscape design for this residence included over a half acre of hardscape and planting improvements to the backyard. A naturalistic design teeming with large boulders and flagstone features spilling waterfalls, winding paths, outdoor dining, and a pool and spa.


Grand Award

Surrounds Landscape Architecture and Construction

Masonwood Estate

The project consisted of an backyard outdoor entertainment area with a screened porch with built-in fireplace, a deck with built-in spa and pergola, a masonry grill and bar, a swimming pool with sunshelf and waterfalls, multiple patio areas for gatherings, and beautiful landscaping and lighting. We also performed underground work related to the septic, irrigation, and drainage systems.


Grand Award

Wheat's Landscape

The Allen Residence

The clients wanted a pool with spa surrounded by a long blooming perennial garden, as well as a play space for their grandchildren, a functional herb garden, a fireplace, a rose and wisteria arbor, and benches to allow them to sit within their park-like setting. The space is defined on the garden’s main axis, with a raised spa at one end and a large stone fireplace  at the other. The lawn is contained by a thermal flagstone border, as perennials behind it seek to burst forth. The garden also includes a full irrigation system, integrated drainage features, and lighting.


Grand Award

Wheat's Landscape

The Tregoning Residence

The homeowners had recently renovated their colonial home in McLean, Virginia, and loved the results, but the pool and landscape were a disaster. When they looked out from the main living area, the homeowners felt as if there was nothing to see and gave us the go ahead to fix it. As a result, we needed a defining and unifying structure visible from the second story living area of the house. So a curved arbor was designed on piers veneered to match the stone walls that were kept from the original design. We replaced the concrete pavers with flagstone, offsetting the costs by donating the material to Community Forklift. We screened the view into the neighbor’s yard with a Green Giant arborvitae and broke up paving by adding permanent planters. A second phase followed the next year to transform an uninviting shade garden into a children’s garden.


Grand Award

Wheat's Landscape

Graham-Collier Residence

The owner commissioned us early in the design process, allowing us to coordinate with the architect and remodeling contractor for the home renovation. This collaborative effort presented some challenges along the way with the typical “too many chefs in the kitchen” scenario. In the end, everyone worked together for the client’s best interest, resulting in a stunningly beautiful total makeover of this once tired-looking home. The final design solution comprised four distinct spaces: A formal upper terrace including a professional-grade outdoor grilling station; a space with a dining table framed by an inviting stone seat wall; a casual middle terrace focused on a boulder fire pit and surrounded by lush plantings; and the lower terrace designed for overflow seating and access to the kitchen garden. Material selections for this project include flagstone and boulders sourced directly from a Pennsylvania quarry, a mix of native and adapted plant material, and a high-tech low voltage lighting system.


Distinction Award

Fine Earth Landscape, Inc.

Rhee Residence

The homeowners were not sure they wanted a swimming pool but knew they wanted to extend their living space into a garden. We first created the upper formal terrace with steps down to an existing lawn. The formal terrace and garden provide an oasis for these hard-working parents. Two years later, we worked with the pool company to site the pool and terrace the lower section of the garden to provide ample decking and garden space to nestle the pool.


Distinction Award

GardenWise Inc.

Logan Circle Oasis
Washington, D.C.

This small contemporary courtyard garden is located in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Rows of Belgian block pavers were added running between the pavers to permit the more seamless integration of Mondo grass in the unfurnished, less traveled portions of the patio for a greener/softer appearance. Horizontal stained cedar fence boards were added to the existing fence and gate for a more seamless contemporary appearance. Another requirement was to incorporate outdoor storage, so a pair of custom sheds was added outside the fence. A raised, seat-height masonry planter provides a casual seating area and a niche for the client’s gas grill. A large green ceramic vessel serves as a self-contained water feature, adding sound and light play at night. The water feature is tucked into a grove of bamboo that will eventually provide much needed privacy from the abutting neighbor.


Distinction Award

Live Green Landscape Associates, LLC.

Bel Air Residence
Bel Air, MD

When the homeowners first contacted our company, they were still recovering from being cheated by their previous contractor. The husband and wife had a vision of what they wanted, and using 3D design software, we were able to show the client a model of a final design that met all their needs. Over 1,000 square feet of Pennsylvania bluestone was mortar set on a poured concrete base, while steps and walls were constructed using CMU and veneered with cultured stone in a color range to complement the existing brick on the front of the house. All the downspouts that emptied into the patio area were piped into PVC and run underground to the storm sewer system, and low voltage LED lighting was installed in the steps and bench walls.


Honorable Mention

Sisson Landscapes

Soutter Residence

For this project, the client wanted to expand her outdoor living space in a formal English garden style. To achieve this, we separated her new space from her more “gardenesque” garden with a new stone retaining wall. We then designed a series of pea gravel patios with brick edging, each interconnected with brick lead walks. She has one patio to serve as an outdoor dining space, another to serve as a focal point for a lead cistern converted into a fountain, and a third to serve as an herb garden with raised planters. The planting scheme is simple, with estate-sized boxwoods and vinca groundcover and the occasional nook for perennials.