9 Amazing Pergola and Pavilion Design Ideas for Your Backyard

9 Amazing Pergola and Pavilion Design Ideas for Your Backyard

Spending time outside during Chicago summers is ideal. It’s even better when you can spend more time in nature, without rain or darkness stopping you.

Enter the landscape structure. Pergolas and pavilions are two such structures that can enhance your outdoor living time.

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6 Front Entry Landscape Design Ideas For Your Suburban Chicago Home

6 Front Entry Landscape Design Ideas For Your Suburban Chicago Home

You know what they say. Location is a big selling point and value-adding feature of a home.

Second to that is curb appeal. And nothing makes your curb appeal shine more than front entryway landscaping. In fact, the American Society of Landscape Architects says great landscaping can boost your home’s value as much as 5 to 15 percent.

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How Much Does it Cost to Install a Bluestone Patio in Greater Chicago?

How Much Does it Cost to Install a Bluestone Patio in Greater Chicago?

Your patio is so much more than an array of different-shaped materials like pavers or bluestone that are formed together to create a hard surface in your Greater Chicago area backyard.

A patio creates a beautiful and functional space for you and your family and friends to enjoy. This could be during a morning retreat with your French press coffee and breakfast or a lively meal and conversation with friends on a weekend evening.

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5 Backyard Landscape Design Ideas for Naperville, IL Homeowners

5 Backyard Landscape Design Ideas for Naperville, IL Homeowners

Your backyard is an extension of what’s going on inside your home -- whether that’s colorful and playful, casual and fun, elegant and sophisticated, clean and modern, or natural and lived-in. The possibilities, as they say, are quite endless.

In fact, there are so many options, your head might already be spinning. This is supposed to be fun, after all. Don’t worry; we’ve got your back.

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How to Prepare for a Landscape Design Consultation in Greater Chicago

How to Prepare for a Landscape Design Consultation in Greater Chicago

A new year means a new idea for your Greater Chicago area backyard. You’re ready for your landscape transformation.

One of the most essential steps in bringing your outdoor living vision to life is the design phase. This is when ideas begin brewing and expand from concepts to reality. When you see it on paper, you know it’s getting real. A great landscape design holds a lot of value, so you want to maximize the first phase in this process: the landscape design consultation meeting.

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Wood Fire Pit vs. Gas Fire Pit: Which is Best for Your Backyard?

Wood Fire Pit vs. Gas Fire Pit: Which is Best for Your Backyard?

There’s nothing like a fire pit in your backyard.

Particularly in the Greater Chicago area, the warmth and dancing light that a fire pit or fireplace brings are very welcome through the seasonal transitions. Not only do they make you more comfortable when temperatures dip, but they also extend your outdoor enjoyment hours and add another visual element to your space.

Choosing the best fire pit, however, takes some consideration.

Here are some tips on how to match the right fire pit to your specific needs.

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The 6 Best Landscape Design & Build Companies in Greater Chicago

The 6 Best Landscape Design & Build Companies in Greater Chicago

Whether you’re hiring your first landscape design and installation professional or you’ve worked with one or more landscaping companies in the past but were unhappy, finding a business that you can count on to bring fresh ideas, follow through on promises, and do amazing work may feel overwhelming.

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Landscaping 101: Small Space Gardens

Landscaping 101: Small Space Gardens

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 a team effort that grasped the opportunity and developed a landscape plan to meet the needs of the client while developing a space that was both exciting and functional.

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Landscaping 101: Hardscape Basics

Landscaping 101: Hardscape Basics

 

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 that most homeowners understand its broad based meaning immediately when discussing their own gardens with contractors or neighbors.

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