Plain Front YardKristi and Aladin Sulejmanagic bought an abandoned home three years ago and have worked hard to create a warm, beautiful interior for their family. Though they enjoy the backyard pool and spectacular views, there is presently no space where their three-year-old son can play safely. Kristi and Aladin would like to turn their bare front yard into an appealing, child-friendly environment that they can all enjoy.
Unsafe for PlayingThe Sulejmanagics hope to transform their front yard from an eyesore into a safe, inviting space for their family. An ugly asphalt curb, dangerous drainage ditch and sloping yard are among the problems that need to be resolved.
New PathwayUp to the challenge are landscape designers Colleen D. Holmes, Tom Morris and Margie Grace. The designers present their proposals. Holmes' cottage concept addresses privacy and safety by enclosing the front yard with a white picket fence and incorporating a sculptured garden mirror for child monitoring. Morris' multi-level design has an English theme that features a faux stone wall and matching pathway. Grace has created several distinct outdoor rooms; a vine-covered arbor leads to her "Jungle Playroom" where visitors are greeted by a friendly dragon standing watch over his cave. After a week of reviewing the three designs Kristi and Aladin select Holmes' plan.
New Picket FenceToday, a white picket fence provides much-needed security, and the landscape is enhanced by unique touches like a mirrored garden sculpture and whimsical lighting. Colleen Holmes has transformed a once dangerous and unusable front yard into an inviting family space that the Sulejmanagics can enjoy.