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Many city dwellers look at their 10×10 square patch of lawn with a sense of disappointment. In cities like Chicago, it’s a common sight from back door to garage. Dull as white plastic patio chairs.

A lot of magic can happen in the smallest of urban plots. It just takes a little imagination and purposeful planning. It’s important to think of your yard as an outdoor living room. It could be creatively paved, have a teak table with an umbrella and lounge chairs. Along with furnishings, it could have a container garden or raised beds of textured architectural foliage. The purpose is to maximize space that can serve many functions. It could be a relaxing urban oasis. An inviting room to enjoy a warm summer evening with friends. There are endless options.

A garden designer can help you plan and build it.

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Are you looking to have a landscape to relax and entertain friends in?  Watercolour Gardens provides landscape design services to match many budgets. Whether it’s a small city garden or a large suburban property, we offer the design experience to make the most of your outdoor living space.

We design small city gardens, container gardens, decks, terraces, stonework, perennial gardens, rooftop gardens and  large north shore landscapes. Gardens can take on so many functions and the combinations are endless.  We help you prioritize, then plan and build accordingly.

While based in Chicago, Watercolour Gardens has created landscapes in both Europe and North America.  For more information about setting up a consultation, visit Watercolour Gardens.

For information about natural swimming pools, see article.

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The days are getting longer and warmer. Here on Chicago’s North Shore, spring happens quickly and is a short season crunched between Arctic Winters and Sahara Summers. It’s one of the best times of year to get cracking with implementing plans for your outdoor living space. Contractors love doing the heavy hardscaping, terraces and garden structures in the cool spring weather.

For a successful outdoor living space, also known as a garden, it’s best to consult a trained Landscape Garden Designer. There’s a lot more to landscape than just throwing in a few trees and shrubs. When designed properly, a garden should reflect the style, geometry and scale of the property. The “outdoor living room” when successfully designed, will extend the function and comfort of your indoor space.

Watercolour Gardens offers several levels of service in the design and build process. We arrange sketch plans, planting plans and construction specifications for a complete design service. We work to meet your budget requirements, while creating beautiful gardens that suit your lifestyle. Visit our site for a complete list of services and portfolio.

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Landscape design has become more important, as property owners look to expand usable living space.  The term “outdoor room” has been floating around for years. Again in America, sophisticated utilitarian gardens have become fashionable.  No longer is a homeowner limited to a traditional deck and lawn in their garden. Adding additional terraces and three season outdoor rooms, has become a logical way to extend square footage to a home.

Sherry Thomas of North Shore Magazine recently wrote, an excellent article about the European outdoor room philosophy, which has been revived.

From European-style swimming pools to sultry outdoor living rooms, North Shore residents are finding more ways than ever to turn their homes inside out.

When Susan Forney first saw her sprawling estate home in Northfield, she fell in love with its Old World elegance and history.

“I’m the third owner,” she says of her 1923 property. “It was built by a gentleman who, around the turn of the century, designed a seal that was used for Ford motor cars.” As the man made his fortune, he and his wife (a transplanted Southern belle) moved into a mansion in Chicago and built the Georgian in the country, on a 22-acre spread with ample room for horses and entertaining, as a place to escape the oppressive city heat.

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To learn more about landscape design in Chicago and on the North Shore, visit Watercolour Gardens.

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As winter begins to release it’s grip, the trees and shrubs start to show signs of new life. Here in the Chicago area, spring starts rather late. This makes it essential to think beyond your perennial beds as a complete landscape. Remember, plants are only part of the visual interest in a garden. It’s important to consider hardscaping, sculpture, pergolas and tasteful outdoor furniture. The idea is to create three season outdoor living space. Fortunately, awareness in the value of adding smart garden space to a home has caught on. Aside from the aesthetic qualities, a properly designed hardscape/landscape can create more usable square footage to a home.

Most homes consist of straight lines. The landscape and hardscape directly around the architecture should reflect the house. The objective is to gracefully link the house with it’s surroundings. A large property can take on curved lines further away from the home. Small urban properties should have lots of straight lines. They save space and reflect the surrounding urban environment. If you follow this basic design philosophy, your garden will take on an aesthetically pleasing shape.

For professional landscape garden design services, visit Watercolour Gardens.

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For ideas, plan a local trip to the world-class Chicago Botanic Garden or jump over the pond to the famous Chelsea Garden Show.

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