Which do I prefer? Renovating an existing place or working with new homes, set on earth and nothing else? In landscaping, it’s almost a tossup. Going in and facing this totally blank tableau of dust and flat or steeply-angled dirt has much appeal. So much appeals immediately – images form based on one’s experience and garden design logic based on the past. The very idea of wrestling something civilized and becoming out of simple bare earth has a rare fascination. (enlarge all pictures by left-clicking the image) I have always depicted landscaping itself as an “Ultimate Cosmetic”. There are very few trades indeed who literally “finish” the expanses we deal with on a daily basis. I was told by the owner of this home, below, to “do what I wanted”. It was 10 acres. 😉 Sure enough, we did and he paid happily for the service. We began, more or less, right here:
Panning out – we have this oft-cited photo from here: (big job on lots and lots and lots of dust)
This has always been a favorite of mine..under the new construction theme:
With an interesting result:
And yet, we also have undertaken projects such as the one below by crashing our way back into the thickets of forestation and undergrowth, rendering it something else entirely.
What you see on the periphery of this pond and patio was what was at the exact spot that pond now lies. To even call this a renovation is almost funny because it involved such epic change and deconstruction first.
Other types of renovations include the epic “Get my broken cement outta here!” Such as this one:
Ending with this and a far happier client:
And on and on it goes………. Truth is, they all have many moments of pure constructive joy, along with injury and accidental failures and successes. Landscaping itself is creating something from either nothing or recreating Nature with our own intervention.
Face it. It can get pretty wild going from this:
As for renovations, this is almost not fair. From this humble beginning:
We achieved this result:
Became this guy: