All Posts   Posted:   August 26, 2009

These homeowners live in an exclusive 9 home gated community where a 1/3 acre undeveloped “central island” lot had remained uninspired with only bad grass and tall fir trees for numerous years. This large lot sits directly across the street from their home and they became tired of looking at it and also had small children who needed more yard to play, so they eventually purchased the large space from the county. We were contacted to begin design on a private “play park”. The space ultimately grew into a soccer field with 8 large 1,000 watt flood lamps wired high into the surrounding fir trees and on poles so the kids could play well into the night. The private park did not stop there, as it was realized the parents could also benefit from the space too. As such, thick and lush perimeter garden planting was created, along with a main stone patio with fire pit for entertaining and BBQs. An elegant water feature, 220 degree steam bent cedar arbor and 2 small seating areas to enjoy watching the kids play was created as well. Throughout construction, neighbors began to get excited that a “community park” for the neighborhood was being built. Their excitement dwindled as they learned that this was a private extension of the residence. Lucky for the neighborhood, the space was created with them in mind. The owners now host games and cookouts weekly with friends and neighbors alike.

Challenges to this design/build project mainly consisted of the tremendous elevation change required to completely level a 1/3 acre lot for a soccer field. The outer perimeter was buffered with a huge rock garden allowing for 5′ of imported soil (over 600 cubic yards) to be placed in conjunction with a native soil cut from the back edge. The huge amounts of imported topsoil and amendments made this a plant and lawn growing paradise. We’ve never seen growth rates so fast from plant material as we’ve seen from this site.

This property is currently being maintained by Dennis’ 7 Dees and won the 2010 Maintenance Award from PLANET.

These homeowners live in an exclusive 9 home gated community where a 1/3 acre undeveloped “central island” lot had remained uninspired with only bad grass and tall fir trees for numerous years. This large lot sits directly across the street from their home and they became tired of looking at it and also had small children who needed more yard to play, so they eventually purchased the large space from the county. We were contacted to begin design on a private “play park”. The space ultimately grew into a soccer field with 8 large 1,000 watt flood lamps wired high into the surrounding fir trees and on poles so the kids could play well into the night. The private park did not stop there, as it was realized the parents could also benefit from the space too. As such, thick and lush perimeter garden planting was created, along with a main stone patio with fire pit for entertaining and BBQs. An elegant water feature, 220 degree steam bent cedar arbor and 2 small seating areas to enjoy watching the kids play was created as well. Throughout construction, neighbors began to get excited that a “community park” for the neighborhood was being built. Their excitement dwindled as they learned that this was a private extension of the residence. Lucky for the neighborhood, the space was created with them in mind. The owners now host games and cookouts weekly with friends and neighbors alike.

Challenges to this design/build project mainly consisted of the tremendous elevation change required to completely level a 1/3 acre lot for a soccer field. The outer perimeter was buffered with a huge rock garden allowing for 5′ of imported soil (over 600 cubic yards) to be placed in conjunction with a native soil cut from the back edge. The huge amounts of imported topsoil and amendments made this a plant and lawn growing paradise. We’ve never seen growth rates so fast from plant material as we’ve seen from this site.

This property is currently being maintained by Dennis’ 7 Dees and won the 2010 Maintenance Award from PLANET.