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Landscaping: Set the Tone

Aug 19 2010

My sense is that landscaping is often an after-thought while building a home. At least that’s what I’ve heard from lots of people who seem to run out of budget by the time exterior decisions come around.

We’re trying to think about landscaping now – not just because it will be a lot harder to get materials to the back of the house as things progress, but also because I think the all of these exterior details will set the tone for the rest of the house.

No great surprise, but I gravitate towards simple, clean lines for landscaping elements. Nothing fancy. Some fresh cut grass (or even just gravel) and square edges as seen below:

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Above: Photograph by Scott Frances
Below: Photograph by Anson Smart
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Below: Design by landscape architect Andrea Cochran
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Below: Design by Foras Studio
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Below: Landscaping by Jack Merlo Design
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Below: Photograph by Eric Roth
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Below: Photograph by Roger Davies
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