Kirkland Charmer

13 PHOTOS GOALS: Outdoor entertaining, many hydrangeas and roses, calm landscape, grass for kids, attractive plants in every season, good circulation throughout the property.

This comfortable home was almost finished when Land2c began designing the landscape. The open-concept main floor has 3 sets of French doors opening onto the partially covered terrace. The private backyard backs up to a serene green belt. The originally planned minimal patio area was doubled in size and became three curving continuous terraces. The middle terrace has a built-in seating wall for trays of food, drink, and extra seating. The views out to the back garden from the main floor are lovely and change throughout the seasons. The clients are avid gardeners and the collection of their favorite plants--hydrangeas and roses--light up the garden pathways that circle the home. The owners enjoy home-grown bouquets all season long--just one of the benefits their landscape provides.

Land2c Detailed

16 PHOTOS Our goal at Land2c Landscape Architecture is to design useful and beautiful landscapes. Enjoy this collection of additional pictures from projects.

Secret Urban Garden

16 PHOTOS Design Challenge: This small slopping urban site needed privacy for quiet relaxation and entertaining. It lacked interesting focal points. Soil sloughed down slopping beds onto the lowest level. The fences were bare wood and white vinyl without softening vines, and the plantings seemed chaotic. The area lacked warmth and interest.

Now: The blue garden door hints at the secret urban surprise ahead. Several paths and stepped terraces gracefully absorb the original 8' slope. Outdoor rooms and paths encourage walking and enjoying plants and the visiting animals at the birdbaths and feeders. A variety of humorous, affordable art pieces are tucked throughout the garden waiting to be discovered. Bright color is splashed through the many green textured plants. Large-leaved dramatic plants mix with finely textured ones. The many evergreen plants and the colorful garden art are interesting even in winter.

The connection between the kitchen and garden was enhanced by redesigning the back stairs and adding hidden utility storage and additional seating over it. Garden storage was carved out of unused space under the house.
The lighted pavilion seats six, is visually private, and is wired for music and lights. A small tiered fountain muffles the ever-present urban noise. Furniture was chosen to be comfortable and easy-care. One long fence is covered with house siding which adds to the seamless flow between house and garden.

Suburban Country Landscape

18 PHOTOS GOAL: To make the entire property beautifully serene, formulate a variety of outdoor rooms for different uses, connect the gardens around the home, and keep the maintenance manageable,
This welcoming home features 3 main areas for entertaining, many spots for sitting quietly, a lovely garden 'shed' near the vegetable garden, a variety of pathways through sun and shade--all places to enjoy the quiet wooded setting. Colorful art is paired with plants throughout the site. All windows and pathways feature attractive views though out the year. Sunrises are enjoyed from the ipe deck and sunsets from the bluestone entry terrace. The garden rooms are lush with textural combinations of hardy and colorful plants. Many sturdy evergreen shrubs and dwarf conifers reduce the required garden work and provide interesting greenery throughout the winter months. The many ceramic pots add color and interest all year around.

Tailored Hillside Design

20 PHOTOS This multi-level young family's waterfront home needed a visual update and additional living amenities for outdoor enjoyment. The entry is now welcoming with dark wood wrapping the garage & ADU, there are new matching wooden entry doors, all new street landscaping, and the utility bins are hidden behind a gate. The site is very steep with over 90' of vertical drop between street level and the waterfront. New symmetrical staircases were added on the waterside, the planters stacking up the steep hill are now re-clad with steel, new safer secondary stairs connecting the entry to the shore level were reconfigured, an outdoor kitchen/living room was added, artificial turf replaced muddy winter grass for the kids, the exterior paint was darkened and several concrete walls were painted and others clad with a tailored stone wrap. Unneeded concrete was removed, healthy soil brought in, plants were barged in and planted everywhere. Outdoor lighting continues throughout with an updated contemporary style. Hardy plantings provide an abundance of colorful pops throughout the NW seasons. The general contractor was Tony Wood Construction and the home owner was involved in all aspects of the project.

Tight Site For Big Entertaining

19 PHOTOS GOALS: More entertaining space for a pizza oven and BBQ, keep steep rockery stable, use clients art collections, make it beautiful--and a little 'bohemian'.

The clients love to entertain groups but had virtually no space for guests. The narrow (15’ from house to slope) front area slopped off quickly. They love cooking and entertaining and wanted an outdoor area to include a pizza oven, a BBQ, & seating for 8+. She is an avid collector and has an extensive collection of outdoor glass art and special ceramic figurines from her hometown. It was requested that these items be worked into the design along with colorful plantings and a vegetable garden, Between the home and the neighbor’s home is a 10’ shady area they wanted for quiet seating. The lot is small and narrow with a cliff in the front--what a challenge!

Townhouse Patio-A More Elegant Entry

6 PHOTOS GOAL: Make the entry courtyard welcoming and more secure.

The main entry for a two-story urban townhouse is through a small 12’ x 15’ fenced courtyard. The new custom courtyard entry door is now locked and the area is more secure. The interior design is modern-urban with well-chosen finishes and stylish comfortable furnishings. Throughout are jewel-toned colors and many artistic pieces. The second floor Great Room looks down onto the fenced entry from a narrow balcony. The courtyard was too utilitarian. A more gracious entry area was the goal.
Year-round attractiveness was achieved through the selection of a variety of appropriately scaled materials and a texturally interesting planting palette. The fence was sided with shingles matching the condominium. Four substantial containers provide the vertical layering of the garden room. The mix of conifers, shrubs, ferns, grasses and tiny groundcovers soften the small enclosed area. Walking the curved sweep of flagstone naturally directs the visitor’s eye around the courtyard garden. The sheen of the flagstone echoes the metallic glazes of the planted containers. A petite modern fountain obscures the hum of urban noise. Tall evergreen vine-covered wire trellises and the tall shrub filled containers help hide unwanted views of close neighboring properties.
The proportion of the hardscaping to the planting beds and the scale of the selected elements make the entry courtyard appear more generously sized than it really is. And it now echoes the stylish interior.

Urban View Living--Just Planted

10 PHOTOS GOAL: This urban view home on a steep site needed a usable, welcoming landscape that highlighted the views and included a new chicken coop and vegetable fruit garden.
New concrete was poured in the entry and large stones connect it to the back garden while leaving room for seating for two. A new recessed tall gate matches the existing metal fencing and adds definition to the 1930's home. The plantings are largely evergreen for interest all year long. In the rear, the upper deck looks out over the new landscape to the city view. Below, a stone terrace of bluestone has a lighted curved seating wall and a fire bowl for enjoying cool nights. New generous stairs connect to a curving stone pathway that leads to a trellised garden swing, winds by a large pot fountain, and continues through three vine-covered wire trellises to the new recessed circular terrace. Many native plants and other ornamentals have been newly planted to fill the garden with bright cutting flowers, lush grasses and evergreen shrubbery, vines, and ferns.