Our client’s home in Chicago’s rapidly gentrifying West Town neighborhood was typical of many of the new properties we see. Three stories, with an exterior of recovered brick, excellent workmanship and many high-end features, these homes typically lack only one thing — green space. For developers, the garden is frequently given short shrift, the last item on their punchlist prior to completing the sale. But for our clients, a beautiful and functional garden space was a priority for their growing family.

Working within the limited backyard dimensions, CSG laid down a patterned bluestone patio with raised natural stone planting beds along the perimeter. Into a wall of the raised bed went a copper water feature spilling onto a bed of Mexican beach pebbles. Grasses, flowering shrubs and upright evergreens soften the space, and micro irrigation ensures timely watering.

Against the exterior was built a two-story, sealed cedar deck structure to allow for family activities, grilling and dining on the lower level and morning coffee off the second level’s master bedroom. Custom trelliswork serves as an accent to the massive cedar framing timbers. Landscape lighting brings the garden to life at night, ensuring safety, security and nighttime enjoyment of the garden.