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Lifescape Colorado Wins an ELITE Award from ALCC

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We are excited to announce that Lifescape has won an ELITE (Elevating the Landscape Industry Through Excellence) Award from the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC). The award was given for our Castle Pines Residence project in the Installation/Construction category. The project was recognized by our industry peers as the top in landscape design and construction in the state of Colorado in 2014, so this is a tremendous honor.

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The Castle Pines Residence represents a mountain modern landscaping style. This can be seen through “a simplified plant palette, crushed gravel, clean lines, and a few perfectly placed landscape features,” according to the award judges. In addition, each part of the landscape features a focal point, such as a garden, a sculpture that complements its surroundings, a fire pit, and a winding path that leads to a patio. Together the project delivers style and functionality.

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We enjoyed working with the client’s architect to blend the landscape with the design of the home. Located in the Castle Pines Valley in Castle Rock, Colorado, the home is in the middle of the wilderness, set back from the road about 400 feet. Despite its rugged setting, the landscape features well-manicured turf and hand-pruned boxwoods that complement a native grass meadow. Another unique feature of the home is the rooftop landscape that was installed above a newly added automobile gallery. Care was taken to be sure it looks like it is a part of the original home.

Let us design an award-winning landscape for you by contacting Lifescape.

Design Your Hardscape with Visual Interest

Hardscapes can be just as awe-inspiring as the plants that surround them. While the purpose of a hardscape is largely functional, it can be designed to significantly enhance the look and feel of a landscape.

Once the location and traffic patterns have been decided, the focus can be turned to creating a pleasing combination of textures and tones. From mixing materials to interplanting, there are several design strategies for making hardscapes more attractive.

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Here are some creative paver, stone, and gravel design ideas for turning hardscapes into works of art.

Soften concrete pavers with green in between. Grass or other foliage joints can instantly add aesthetic value while creating commanding contrasts for a dynamic design.

Traditional European garden elements can be reinvented in a contemporary setting for a striking effect. A sleek allée of pollarded trees becomes a bold focal point in this elegant modern landscape.

Naturally interesting rock formations can become decorative points of interest to break up hardscapes. A moss garden turns this corner into a charming display of nature’s finest carpet. A naturalistic free-form boulder planter will blend in seamlessly while adding sculptural appeal.

Garden beds can be cleverly incorporated into hardscapes to create a cohesive and engaging design. This unexpected succulent bed leverages a curve to bring more green to the scene. A modern courtyard is punctuated by narrow garden beds that make for chic accents in the hardscaping.

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Even steps can be an opportunity to customize and enhance a hardscape design. Blue fescue and colorful perennials turn these paver steps into a garden in themselves.

Create your own unique blending of materials. A stunning modern-style hardscape design employs gravel, thin pavers, garden spheres, and interplantings. A simple yet striking design takes advantage of a few different materials to create textures, patterns, and pops of color.

Our team here at Lifescape would love to help you remodel your Colorado landscape with a custom design that features artful hardscapes, beautiful beds, and other personalized features and touches that express style and improve quality of life. Contact Lifescape online or by calling 303.831.8310 to set up your consultation.

Design & Plan Your Landscape with Lifescape Colorado

Lifescape is a comprehensive outdoor living solution. Our passionate and experienced team of professionals takes projects from conception to completion making sure every element and design decision aligns with the client’s wants and needs. Committed to the environment, every project is also carefully conducted to preserve resources and reduce carbon footprints.

Here is how Lifescape approaches each phase of the landscape architecture and design process.

During the initial consultation, we like to walk through the project site with our client and begin discussing goals, budget, and any concerns or challenges. This is usually a great time for clients to share any photos with our team to discuss innovative ideas for achieving the type of space the client envisions.

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We dig a little deeper in the next phase, taking measurements and inventory of materials and elements already on the site in a thorough analysis. Using all this information and the criteria set by the client, we develop a conceptual plan and a project budget. We incorporate options and ranges to give the client the opportunity to customize with decisions related to project scope, materials, and special features.

Once we arrive at the final material selections and project scope, we are able to devise planting and construction plans. Every detail is meticulously calculated and blueprinted to ensure a smooth and economical execution.

Before construction plans are set into motion, our project construction operations manager reviews the designs and plans with the client and together they set a starting date for the project.

An additional pre-construction meeting with the client, manager, and on-site foreman offers the chance to discuss how the project will be directed and architecturally supervised. Change orders are reviewed and addressed swiftly, and a punch list is created and the construction agreement is pending until completion.

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The service team then takes over from here. This team of horticulturists administers aftercare and completes any necessary work per the warranty walk-through. The client can work with our maintenance team to design a custom program for regularly maintaining their landscape.

As our service team takes care of weeding, pruning, trimming, watering and any other maintenance needs, you enjoy more time actually enjoying your beautiful new landscape.

If the white winter in Colorado has you dreaming of a lush and colorful spring landscape, contact Lifescape online or by calling 303.831.8310. We’d love to discuss a potential landscape architecture project and set up your initial consultation.

2015 Garden Trend: Bedhead Gardens

Twenty years ago, it was unheard of for women to get out of the shower, tussle their hair with a little product, and walk out the door. Nowadays, low-maintenance, mussed up “bedhead” hair is all the rage. Gardens seem to be following suit, and formal landscapes are taking second stage as bedhead gardening trends take root.

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Enjoy the Low-Maintenance Bedhead Gardening Trend for 2015

What’s a bedhead garden you ask? It’s one that lets the plants have a little room to grow and “do their thing” without all the regular pruning, trimming, and precise edges we find in formal English gardens or more traditional landscape designs.

Here are some bedhead garden traits:

They’re a little more random. A more traditional garden will use plants in repetition, create geometric shapes, and lines and will have a precise feel about them. It’s like there is a place for everything and everything in its place. Bedhead gardens, on the other hand, will have a more random and wild approach. Think mountain meadow as opposed to a golf course or formal English garden.

Native and drought tolerant. Typically, bedhead gardens are landscaped with mostly native plants. These will include native grasses, drought tolerant shrubs, and perennial flowers that can withstand the climate changes here in Colorado. These plants grow on their own in nature without any help from a gardener, and they can do almost the same thing in your garden.

Color with wild abandon. Rather than selecting purples for this corner and reds in that corner, your bedhead garden will combine a riot of colors to mix things up a bit.

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Casual without being overgrown. While bedhead gardens do require less maintenance, they aren’t completely overgrown. Planting trees, shrubs, and flowers in areas that allow them to reach their medium to highest heights and widths simply means you have to groom them less often. Curved pathways, rather than rigid walkways, allow plants to stretch and bloom with their own personality.

Contact Lifescape when you’re ready to free up some of those warm weather weekends and embrace the bedhead gardening trend for 2015.

Essential Tips for Incorporating Water Sounds Into Your Garden

A well-designed garden is a balancing act. You want to balance landscaping selections with water availability. You will balance color, plant heights, and seasonal interest. Hardscaping installations are balanced with plants to create focal points and functional spaces. In most cases, landscapers get so focused on the visual aspects of their garden that they forget how a garden can please the other senses as well. Incorporating sounds into a garden is a wonderful way to enrich your outdoor experience.

Ideas for Incorporating Sound Into Your Garden

Thinking of your landscape as a soundscape will be particularly satisfying for those who live in more urban settings or near noisy neighbors. By adding sounds – or working with natural materials to buffer sounds – your outdoor spaces will feel more like a wild sanctuary and less like an urban garden.

Harness the wind. Think about how certain plants respond to wind. Aspens rattle and click, tall grasses whisper, ornamental trees may sigh, and a stand of conifers may mimic the sound of ocean waves. Pay attention to how wind moves on your property, and then plant trees, shrubs, and grasses accordingly to make the most of it.

Think about your ground cover. The way a foot falls on concrete is much different from the way it falls on soft bark, mossy ground cover or gravel. Analyze how your family, guests, and pets move in your outdoor spaces. What do you want to hear? What do you not want to hear? These thoughts can help you design walkways, stairways, and pathways that contribute to your outdoor soundscape.

Design water elements that produce the sound you want. The sound of water flowing through a fountain or mock stream will be very different depending on the type of pump you use, the container the water flows into, and the objects in that container. For example, place a rock at the base of a waterfall, and you’ll hear the roar of the water with a brighter splash. Take it away, and the effect is entirely different. Design water features, so they yield the sound you desire.

Lifescape Colorado takes a well-rounded approach to landscape design. Contact us to schedule a consultation, and we’ll show you what a difference incorporating sounds into a garden can make.