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Rustic Lakeside Landscape - Hartland, WI

Our clients had recently purchased their lakeside home and were planning a major remodel of the home. In conjunction with that project, they also wanted to update the dated landscaping around the house so they reached out to us. Their goal was an easy to maintain landscape that felt natural to the property. The streetside of the home had a hillside area that had become overgrown with weeds. We designed new plantings with a combination of flowering shrubs, evergreens and long blooming perennials. Our client also loves ornamental grasses so we included drifts of them in this area.

The sides of the property were very narrow so we kept the plantings simple and to a minimum. Existing hardscaping in the front yard and down the side of the house was maintained as it was in excellent condition.

For the lakeside (backyard), we were tasked with replacing two existing paved areas and failing timber steps down the slope. We expanded the patio spaces for improved function and used lannon flagstone for the paving. This material coordinates well with the lannon outcropping stone that was proposed for the new retaining walls and as steps connecting the two spaces down the hillside. All new plantings were included with careful thought to height so as to not block the view to the lake. Ease of maintenance was also a priority due to the steep slope. Low voltage landscape lighting completes the design.

Designed by James Drzewiecki, CPLD and Hannah Paulson, landscape designer

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