We live on the south side of Chicago in a neighborhood called Beverly (Zone 5b). Our home is an American Foursquare in a prairie style, built in 1904, and was the first home in the area. It faces West. The area was a daffodil farm before it was settled. Beverly is known for unique homes and landscape, having a large glacier ridge that cuts through the area (in an otherwise flat Chicago region); large trees add to the beauty of the area.
The front yard of our home is shady, with large trees and hostas. We are not looking to alter this.
Our back yard, however, is a blank canvas, has only one old and ailing tree, and gets plenty of sun. Dimensions are roughly 49' x 511. We wish to add a fence for privacy. The fence should run from the garage to the sidewalk, the sidewalk to the backdoor path (possibly including that path with a gate at the sidewalk). A pathway from the white side door on the garage wall to the back door is needed. On the plat of survey attached, please focus on the area to the East of the bay window to the East edge of the garage. There is an area behind the garage that is might serve as a small vegetable or herb garden, but we are open to ideas on how to utilize the space. Our main focus, however, is current big open space between the garage and house and how to utilize it for function and comfort.
We?d like to create a colorful landscape that leverages native plants if possible. We?d like to attract birds to the yard. Overall aesthetic is to offer a sense of seclusion or escape. Ideally, the design would include some sort of water feature with a natural look and feel ? or a fountain.
We?d like to have a patio area for barbecuing with seating for entertaining and dining with friends.
B) Existing Conditions:
There is a large evergreen bush we?d like to remove.
We?d like to hide the neighbor?s red fence with some sort of cover, perhaps a row of evergreen trees or thuja.
Increase home appeal, make the yard an inviting and livable entertainment space. Create a space that is secluded, pretty and relaxing.
The winning design will be fully conceptualized and include plant lists and planting specifications.
Successful designs will be within budget, incorporate native plants, make creative use of the space, include plans that are ready to execute, and improve the overall appeal of the property.
Layout, plan view, top view
Description in text
List of plantings
List of materials
Rough budget breakdown of costs
Owners seek clear, easy-to-follow plans. Design will be implemented partly by the owners (DIY), not landscape experts. Deliverables should include: list of plants and where they will be planted, materials/estimated price list for rocks/stone for patio. Large projects may be completed by a contractor--but the designer must budget accordingly (i.e., installation of a fence/rock wall, etc.)
Our budget is 10k-15k for the project.