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How Landscape Designers Created Stunning Outdoor Rooms
Lauren Heartsill Dowdle | December 1, 2014

created the ultimate backyard retreat at this Shorewood, Illinois, home. The clients had a variety of elements on their project wish list including a contemporary appearance, crisp and clean design, minimal plantings, large social spaces, outdoor kitchen with a fridge and grill, fireplace, water feature, seat walls and monochromatic paving. 

The project designers, John Algozzini and Renee Mercer, developed three distinct social spaces: the dining area under the overhang, sunken fireplace room and an open area between the pool and fireplace room. The large open area also includes a kitchen. 

They used Unilock products for the different hardscape elements – paving fireplace, estate wall and ledgestone. For the countertops, they installed a ruffian brown granite. All of the vertical features and the paving bricks are in a variety of brown earth tones. To provide contrast with the paving and plantings, they added spicy orange cushions. 

The landscape team also installed plantings including maiden grass, neon sedum, red knockout roses, Colorado spruce and ornamental kale. The project required six weeks of planning and eight weeks of install.

Project: Residential, Shorewood, Illinois
Landscaping: K&D Landscape Management, Rockdale, Illinois

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