Category Archives: Patios

Landscape Design – Urban Frenzy

Written on July 19, 2016 at 4:08 pm, by

  Daniel Kiley frequently referenced “poetry of space” and “appropriateness” of the landscape in the context of its surroundings.   This 1940’s ranch in the Peterson Park neighborhood of Chicago represents those two basic tenets of his design process in relating the landscape back to the home, the client and the extended landscape of the neighborhood.  Continue Reading »

Front Yard Landscape Design – Low Profile Planting

Written on June 18, 2016 at 3:10 pm, by

Interpreting a site, a home and the specific client needs is always a juggling act.   There is an endless supply of information and stimuli to make each landscape situation unique.  But whether the landscape design is in Frankfort, Naperville or Lincoln Park there is one design principle for front landscaping that does indeed apply  Continue Reading »

Landscape Design – Alignment

Written on May 23, 2016 at 7:43 pm, by

While it applies to all design, not just landscape architecture, aligned elements are perceived to be more closely related than unaligned elements. This applies to elements either near or far. This may be referenced as the continuous line theory of design or simply as continuity. A bed line interrupted by a driveway that visually connects  Continue Reading »

Landscaping 101: Small Space Gardens

Written on December 8, 2015 at 9:17 am, by

Small Space Landscape Design What we do at K & D with our landscape design is usually applied and installed in suburban locations but we enjoy a creative stretch in a small scale garden when those opportunities arise. Recently we had the opportunity to design for a Peterson Park (Chicago) residence.  Our staff responded with  Continue Reading »

Front Yard Landscape Ideas – Sitting Areas

Written on August 25, 2015 at 3:44 am, by

As a kid I can remember my mom sitting on the front stoop with her good friend and neighbor, Elderene.   They would sit out there three or four nights a week, drinking coffee and smoking Kent’s and Kool’s as if the supply would be exhausted by morning.  If they got bored with our front porch  Continue Reading »

Brick Patios and Walkways

Written on June 4, 2015 at 2:51 am, by

Bucking the trend is hard to do.   Sometimes I get trapped in the moment myself with a client and acquiesce on a design element that I know I should stand firm on.    For the most part I find this happens with material selection on brick patios. Today, the public prefers a smooth surface and an  Continue Reading »

Brick Patios – Best Installation Practices

Written on May 22, 2015 at 4:01 am, by

Whether your brick patio is in Naperville, Frankfort or Chicago the base preparation is everything for success.   Frequently, I will hear from homeowners that brick patios “do not last”.    That is simply because they have seen patios that were poorly installed. Brick patios set on gravel are a ‘flexible system’.   They do move ever so  Continue Reading »

Landscaping 101: Hardscape Basics

Written on May 12, 2015 at 2:40 am, by

Our garden and landscape lexicon continues to evolve year by year and sometimes day by day.  The terms ‘sustainable’, ‘outdoor room’ and ‘low-impact design’ were just mentioned in a whisper a few years ago. But of all the newer landscape terminology perhaps none is more well-known today than ‘hardscape’.  It is mainstream to the point  Continue Reading »

Hardscape 101 Dictionary

Written on May 5, 2015 at 3:05 am, by

Hardscape: Any landscape feature or component that is not a plant. Seat Wall: Walls constructed for the express purpose of adding additional seating to a patio or outdoor room.  They are generally freestanding components. Seat walls can be constructed from natural stone or can also be segmented and cast, modular walls. Retaining Walls:  They differ from seat  Continue Reading »

Landscaping 101: Brick Paver Patios

Written on May 5, 2015 at 2:59 am, by

Brick patios define our landscapes and gardens. It is a pretty bold statement.   But when you reflect on the ambiance, serenity and utility of a brick paver patio the statement becomes less bold and more accurate.   A brick paver patio is an extension of the home and a reflection of lifestyle for the homeowner. Brick  Continue Reading »