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While we love to completely transform existing landscapes into a modern oasis, or conjour up a beautiful, innovative space for a new house, not everyone needs a complete master plan.  Sometimes a few simple but big impact elements can be added to upgrade your outdoor space.  Here we’ll share our five favorites.

Add Curb Appeal and Function with a new Entry Walk and Fence:



Here an old, narrow, concrete walkway was removed and replaced with these beautiful, oversized, tabby concrete pavers.










Previously there was no connection to the sidewalk.  By adding a new oversized brick landing at the steps and taking the entry walk all the way to the sidewalk, we are able to create a sense of welcome and connection to the neighborhood.  The addition of the brick piers and wood fence define the public and private space and the plantings of perennials and grasses give it a pop of color and texture.

Build a Deck:

If you have a great back yard, but hardly ever use it, try adding a large deck.  A deck has the advantage of being at the same level as the living area of your home making access easy and convenient.  It also makes a great space for adults to hang out and stay out of the fray while the kids run and play in the yard.  A well designed deck can create another ‘room’ in your house for entertaining in our great Charleston climate.

Add a Fire Pit:

This may be one of  the simplest elements to add.  If you have an existing stone or brick patio, adding a nice wood burning or gas fire pit can elevate your entertainment space.  The fire pits shown below are custom designs.


We love a good greenwall for use in tight spaces.  The use of the vertical space on an existing fence or wall can bring more green to your small garden.  Fill it with native grasses and perennials, or even herbs for cooking.  The Wooly Pockets system shown below is modular and can be used on various materials.  You can also simply add stainless steel cables in an interesting pattern and grow flowering vines.

Use Your Front Yard for Entertaining:

This typical suburban home is located on a canal resulting in a very narrow backyard.  By taking back some of the unused space in the front yard we have given the homeowners a great space to entertain.  A low seawall defines the space and gives privacy without feeling like the entrance is cutoff from the neighborhood.  By planting a small tree, native grasses and perennials, we further increase the privacy and enclose the patio in a beautiful garden.

Hope you enjoyed these few tips on making the most of your outdoor spaces. – H.R.K.

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It’s not often you have the opportunity to work on a project that incorporates a life size, authentic reproduction of a tepee.  But that’s just what we encountered a this Daniel Island home.  An existing grove of beautiful Oak trees was the perfect foil for the tepee’s new home.  We surrounded the structure with low growing shrubs and ground cover, and designed a stone patio for a fire pit close by. With the addition of outdoor lighting and the incorporation of the client’s sculpture into the plantings of native grasses, a great entertaining experience is created.  All that’s needed now are sleeping bags and ingredients for s’mores!


photos by Patrick Brickman

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This existing home in an established neighborhood in West Ashley recently went through a renovation providing a remarkable before and after.  The front yard was barren and neglected and the backyard lacked form and usable spaces for entertaining.

Front yard before renovation

Taking cues from the traditional style of the home, we used a circular lawn to define the space in the front yard and bring attention to the front door.  The front walk was reworked to provide a generous path through the garden with old world brick in a herringbone pattern.  The plantings under the existing trees consist of old fashioned hydrangeas, dwarf pittosporum, dwarf palms and flowers that love the shade and provide a sense of lush coolness as they frame the lawn.

In the rear yard, a new ipe deck offers a generous space for entertaining and a long set of steps spill out into the yard providing informal seating to enjoy the lawn.  The lawn itself was given a face lift be defining the edges and adding plantings similar to the front yard.  It is now a space the homeowner can enjoy.

Rear yard before renovation

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June is here and the heat is on in Charleston.  We have several recently completed Residential projects that take advantage of the beautiful Charleston weather and either feature a water element prominently or take advantage of stunning water views.  Whether you are looking to add a cooling water element to your outdoor space or just take advantage of the beauty of your surroundings, the following projects should give you plenty of design inspiration!

The graceful front entrance to this elegant coastal home features a generous staircase and landing from the natural stone drive flanked by cooling native plantings.

Upon entering the home and proceeding to the backyard, you are greeted with stunning water views and a modern designed pool, walkway and planting that maximize the view and outdoor enjoyment.

While the project below is not on the water, its internal courtyard was designed for maximum outdoor enjoyment.  A simple and generous outdoor patio allows for ease of circulation from the driveway into the house, while still feeling like a secluded garden.  The lush plantings provide a sense of calm and quiet and a well placed water feature gives a much appreciated cooling affect.



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Remark recently had a photo of one of our urban courtyard gardens featured in an article onHouzz.  There are many great ideas shown in the article for small spaces and its fun and flattering to have been included.  Enjoy taking a look for yourself, and if you’ve never visited Houzz, you are in for a treat. -H

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