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Georgetown Residence – Modern Patio & Garden

Project Description

One wouldn’t expect to find such a modern design for a home in Georgetown. Our Washington, DC landscape company created it to follow the minimalist style of the house.

Our client wanted the following features included in the DC landscape design:

  • A patio space for sunning or dining
  • A spa for two
  • A lawn area for the dog
  • And privacy from the alley behind the property.

The Garage, Patio Space, & Lawn Area

When we started this DC landscape design project, the garage was a dominant feature and needed to be played down. The space was very limited. A cubist design style was chosen and patio spaces were designed at a 45 degree angle to create triangular planting pockets. The lawn panel mimics this shape; it’s framed with flagstone, creating an equally strong design element.

The Walled Garden & Plantings

The custom fence serves as an extension of the garage, creating a walled garden area. Landscape plantings were chosen more for their architectural form, color, and texture than for their seasonal characteristics. In order to create privacy, we needed the neighbors to allow us to plant in their yards.

A grove of four cherries frame the garage and screen the ally, while a grove of three single stem birches blocks the view of the neighbors from the upper level terrace.

At Botanical Decorators, we create award-winning landscapes like these throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Contact our Washington, DC landscape company to add features like a patio space or walled garden to your home.

Project Challenges

Limited Access to the Backyard

Our Washington, DC landscape company faced many challenges from the start of this project. The existing garage structure prohibited access to the backyard. Access to the property was granted by the neighbor in exchange for landscaping their yard.

The existing soil was extremely compact due to construction so we removed the top two feet of soil, replacing it with well amended soil. A retaining wall was constructed on the east side of the property to create a level garden. This wall also allowed us to redirect water from the neighboring property to the alley.

To keep the design simple, 5 x 5 ft. flagstone needed to be craned in. A spa was installed in the patio space and adjacent to the lower level lanai. In order to accomplish this, we built a masonry vault with a drain system that ties into the sewer lines of the house. Stainless steel access panel doors were installed in the existing wall to allow for access to the spas operating system.

Hire a Washington, DC Landscape Company

We defined this DC landscape design with a patio space, lawn area, and a walled garden area that matches the style of the home, while adding color and creating privacy for our client. This DC landscape design project is just one of many projects we’ve been recognized for in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

Contact our Washington, DC landscape company to make the most of your property, whether you have limited space like our clients on R Street or a larger landscape in Maryland or Virginia.


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