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A Family Dream Yard

See this unfinished backyard be transformed into an inviting, pulled-together Mediterranean garden.

Before

When Ted and Laura Cohen bought their Mediterranean-style home nine years ago, they were immediately captivated by the natural stream that runs through their property. With the addition of a swimming pool six months ago, the Cohens' dream yard is almost complete. They now need the perfect landscape and a talented designer to tie it all together. The couple would like to enhance the landscaping along the stream, improve access to the stream by adding a staircase, create a sense of privacy by their pool and create shade from the hot sun. They would like a grassy play area for the entire family to enjoy, and they want to do it all on a budget of $25,000 for labor and materials.

Before

Since installing their pool, the Cohens have lost the lush, grove-like feeling that drew them to the property in the first place. They hope new landscaping will soften the lines of their existing hardscape without jeopardizing the health of their natural stream. Up to the challenge are Nic Wurzbacher of Dragonfly Landscape, Gary Gardner of Pacifica Landscape and Design, and Gerry Hritz of Allegro Verde Landscape Design.

After

After

Nic Wurzbacher proposes a design that includes a well-situated herb garden as well as two pergolas and an arbor. The architecture of the home inspired Gary Gardner's dramatic, colorful garden. Gerry Hritz wants to create some unique seating areas as well as extra privacy for the pool. After one week of reviewing the three plans, the Cohens select Nic's design.

After

Ted and Laura are thrilled with the way their garden went from an unfinished space to an inviting, pulled-together garden with a Mediterranean flavor. Thanks to Nic, they have the family dream yard they were hoping for.

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