Monthly Archives: December 2011

Go Green in 2012 with Permeable Landscape Design

The New Year is almost here, and it is time to finalize those resolutions you have been working on. However, don’t leave making a more positive impact on your environment off your list. The best place to start working on this New Year resolution is in your own landscape. Consider a permeable landscape design that enhances your yard with attractive hardscape design. Permeable is being considered the new “green” of hardscape design because it creates elegant hardscapes that allow water and air to flow into the soil.

If you live in the Denver or Boulder area and want to go green in 2012 with a permeable landscape, simply contact a designer at Lifescape for more information. 303-831-8310

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Making a new Landscape Look Aged

A new landscape can take anywhere from 2-5 years to mature in the Denver area. Speeding up the process is possible and Lifescape has discovered a few ideas to help with the process.

Decorations and furnishings you choose to incorporate will help define your theme and blend the landscape with the architecture. Material selection is crucial. Mixing different materials help give it an old look. Equal importance to material selection is choosing your plant material. Below are a few additional ideas to help your landscape look aged.

  • Propose reclaimed materials (for example, used reclaimed barn timbers for a fireplace hearth or your next arbor)
  • Keeping some of the formality but blending it with informal materials (using reclaimed brick – in situations that allow  — from a nearby source and irregular flagstone pieces can be used to create an informal look)
  • Make pools and water features look more like natural ponds  or creeks (adding in different sized boulders and cobbles imitate nature and leave planting pockets to soften the stone)
  • Wall fountains, aged wood furniture, and wrought iron are all elements that make a landscape feel aged and rustic
  • Creating structure using trees and shrubs, then softening with ground covers and flowers will give it a rustic, elegant flair

There are other techniques, but these are a few Lifescape is using to help age a landscape quickly.

 

 

Lifescape is using 3D imagery to help clients visualize projects. Contact a designer at Lifescape at 303-831-8310 and we will help bring your vision to reality.

Happy Holidays from Lifescape Associates!

Last week, Lifescape had our annual holiday party. Designers, administration and foreman all gathered for Italian food and a white elephant gift exchange at Maggiano’s.

We’d like to wish everyone happy holidays and look forward to another successful year as we are celebrating 4 decades as your trusted landscape advisor.

Green Roofs: A Top Design Trend of 2011

According to Builder online magazine, one of the top ten design trends of 2011 was green roofs. If you are not familiar with the term green roof, it is the term coined for “a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. It may also include additional layers such as a root barrier and drainage and irrigation systems. “wikipedia.org 

It is becoming so popular that commercial and residential properties alike are requesting it more and more. These green roofs are great for kitchen gardens, community gardens and common areas where employees in urban environments can enjoy a green retreat. There are even restaurants that utilize roof gardens for fresher ingredients.

Denver Botanical Garden Green Roof. Photo credit: dustygedge.co.uk

So don’t let that fact that you are in an urban community deter you from a green space to call your own. If you live in the Denver or Boulder area and want to know more about creating a green space in your community, contact Lifescape Associates at 303-831-8310.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter is almost here, need a new Hardscape?

Winter is almost here (December 22nd to be exact), though it feels like it has arrived already. Have you taken a good look at your driveway, walkways, patios and  other hardscapes in your landscape? If you see cracks, discoloration, breakage and other damage, it is time for a landscape renovation project. Winter is the best season to get work done on your hardscapes because it is during the off-peak months and if you live in the Denver or Boulder area, Lifescape Associates is offering a winter construction discount!

That’s right, if you get a hardscape project constructed between now and February, you can take advantage of these great savings. The process is pretty simple, just come to our design studio and select from over 30 different kinds of pavers. If you need a variety of paver options, Lifescape Associates has it!

Photo Credit: belgard.biz

Get all the construction out of the way in the winter months so by the time spring arrives, you can have a brand new patio, retaining wall, driveway or whatever other hardscape you need at a discounted rate! Call Lifescape Associates at 303-831-8310.