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Landscape design

cmrose20February 11, 2013
As part of our home renovation planned for this spring the driveway will be dug up and replaced due to poor drainage. The storage shed on the right of the garage will be removed and turned into a carport so the driveway will be widened out to the right. The retaining wall on the right side is there for a street above. The ugly old brown fence has already been replaced by a cedar fence. The retaining wall is an eyesore, we are debating putting in some allen block to build up some planters or layer in some plants. The front of the house on the left also needs some curb appeal. The large tree on the left as you enter the driveway is a lilac tree and we thought we could keep that but anything else could be replaced. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Lyon Landscape Architects
Looks like a great place and even better views! Whereabouts is your home? Looks like the water is draining down towards the house and garage. There are so many options and possibilities for the things you mentioned. Permeable paving may be a smart way to go for the driveway, helping reduce run off and reducing oils and sediment from entering the storm system and draining into the lake below.

In regards to the retaining wall, you could paint it a different color, put some sort of veneer on it, or a simple option would be a planting plan to add color, texture and interest.

My #1 suggestion though, is finding/hiring a local landscape architect to come out to your home for a consultation. Landscape architects are trained to deal with everything you suggested, from the driveway and water issues, to retaining walls and plant expertise.

Good luck!
    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 9:39AM
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Thanks for your input. We live in the Okanagan, British Columbia, Canada. Yes, the view is spectacular and the reason we fell in love with the house. We are looking forward to spending the next few years moulding it into our dream home.
    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 10:26AM
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