Design Advice: Lisa’s Landscaping

When Lisa signed up for a design board she felt like her cute home near the beach could use a little sprucing up.  She had dreams of a pergola and a few pops of color, all while maintaining that beachy vibe that we all long for.

The main goal of the plans that I came up with is to make Lisa’s home feel more balanced and a little less boxy while incorporating beach-inspired hues and a pergola.

Pergola.  In this design, a linear pergola in white reaches from the left side of the front door to the right side of the large window.  Use a minimal number of slats across the top of the pergola to let in lots of light.

Patio.  Underneath the pergola, a curved patio created out of pavers like these will give you a place to enjoy your front yard.  The curved design {curving from the path to the door towards the house} will help break up all of the flat planes of the front of the house.  Remove the boxwood hedge under the large window for a spacious patio.  {If the budget allows, natural flagstone could be used instead of the pavers.}

Adirondack chairs.  Two Adirondack chairs painted white and placed under the pergola will be a great place to relax and unwind.

Climbing roses.  Adding climbing roses to the tall fence on the left-hand side of the house will add color and help incorporate that side of the lot into the rest of the landscape.

Pergola.  Instead of running along the front of the house, the pergola in this design covers the garden to the left of the driveway.  {The garden will be replaced with grass.}  The purpose of locating the pergola in this area is to bring balance to the lot which is weighted very heavily on the right-hand side.

Front door.  This design plan calls for painting the front door this beachy shade of greenish blue.

Adirondack chairs.  Two Adirondack chairs, painted in the same dusty green/blue as the front door, will be placed under the pergola.

Climbing roses.  Since the tall fence is now partially covered by the pergola, the climbing roses have been moved over to the garage where they will add some life and color to the left-hand side of the house.

Pergola.  Option 3 is very similar to Option 1 except that the pergola is now arched {instead of flat} to add an extra curve to the front of the house.

Patio.  Underneath the pergola, a curved patio created out of pavers like these will give you a place to enjoy your front yard.  The curved design {curving from the path to the door towards the house} will help break up all of the flat planes of the front of the house.  Remove the boxwood hedge under the large window for a spacious patio.

Front door.  This design plan calls for painting the front door this beachy shade of greenish blue.

Adirondack chairs.  Two Adirondack chairs, painted in the same dusty green/blue as the front door, will be placed under the pergola.

Wisteria.  Climbing wisteria will add a softness to the tall fence and the garage, and the pale lavender color will be a beautiful complement to this color palette.

Each of the design plans also addressed these elements {that I left off the mood boards to keep them from being too cluttered}:

~  The bushes along the front of the house all need to be trimmed so that they are below the bottom of the window frames.  This will make the house appear taller and let more light inside!

~  Mulching around the Japanese maples will highlight them in the yard without making them appear separated from the rest of the landscape {a client request}.

~  Painting the short fence to the left of the house will make the house feel longer and incorporate that side yard so that it doesn’t feel disconnected from the rest of the lot.

~  When Lisa re-shingles the roof {a plan for the near future}, a medium gray will give the house some definition {try not to go too dark or else the house will feel squatty and heavy}.

~  House numbers would look great on the top riser of the stairs leading to the front door.

~  Lisa was considering adding pavers or pea gravel to the side garden to the left of the driveway.  Unless she is in dire need of extra parking I would think about removing the plants and adding sod {and removing the concrete edging} for a soft look that’s easy to maintain – that side of the lot already has a lot of asphalt going on and I think that adding more hardscape will make the lot feel more lopsided.

~  Paint the chimney stack in the same gray tone as the siding to make everything feel a bit more cohesive.

~  Edge the bed in front of the house with colorful flowers in white and pink – this will define the beds and add some needed color.

~  Add simple white or black flower boxes below the two smaller windows on the right-hand side of the house – they will look great filled with pink flowers.  As an added bonus, they will make the windows appear larger and more balanced next to the larger window on the left.

~  Add a large planter on either side of the garage door {maybe something like this painted the same color as the Adirondack chairs discussed above}.  Plant caladiums or something similar to add a little color that works with the overall design scheme.

So there you have it!  One beach cottage, whipped into shape.

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Comments

  1. Joan says:

    Three options for the price of one is surely a bargain! Love the pergola feel, because it creates an outside living space without sacrificing interior light. Maybe the pergola will also become the focal point point rather than the front entry garage. I love those type of Adirondack chairs; they just say, “Slow down and smell the roses!”
    Really applicable design!

  2. Great job, Liz! I particularly love #3 with the arched pergola and the wisteria. It’s a great, Southern take on New England cottage style.
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  3. Trish says:

    In addition to the pergola, I think your detailed and inexpensive suggestions for improving the general appearance of the home and making it more inviting are spot-on!

  4. Bruce says:

    Three options for the price of one is surely a bargain! Love the pergola feel, because it creates an outside living space without sacrificing interior light. Maybe the pergola will also become the focal point point rather than the front entry garage. I love those type of Adirondack chairs; they just say, “Slow down and smell the roses!”
    Really applicable design!

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