Solutions for Downtown Traverse City MI
Many of the properties in downtown Traverse City are historic, so it is extremely important that the landscape becomes an extension of the home. Installing products and plantings that clash with a traditional older home can leave the entire property feeling disjointed. Let’s check out how we combatted privacy issues and created a beautiful space for our clients to enjoy.
Privacy is the number one issue we needed to tackle well. In order to physically give our clients some space from people passing by, we moved the patio from the front corner near the sidewalk to the back far corner of the lot. Walkways were added so guests could easily access the backyard without walking through grass or landscape beds.
Next, the issue of the public sidewalk needed to be addressed. We added a green barrier by installing several arborvitaes. These plantings stretched the entire length of the sidewalk and wrapped around near the garage to essentially create a green fence.
Making the Space More Beautiful
Other than privacy issues, the main request from our client was to create a beautiful and usable space. The homeowners chose two different hardscape materials for the patio and the walkway, which we really loved. The brick pavers were set in a running bond pattern to give that traditional feel to match with the architecture of the home. The Covington concrete pavers with a textured finish were used on the patio to give a modernized feel to the entertaining space while still paying homage to the home’s charm.
In addition to the patio hardscape, we added a small boulder wall to create a raised bed along the garage. This landscape bed filled with plantings helps to hide some of the utilities. At the entrance to the garage, we also built an arbor to compliment the space.
Sod was installed where the previous patio was located, which immediately transformed the space. We selected traditional plantings that are easy to care for so homeowners could enjoy the blooms, but not spend a ton of time maintaining the landscape beds. The more traditional approach in plant choice complimented the beautiful historic look of the home. Hydrangeas, daisies, roses, ferns, coneflowers, and catmint were installed to bring both color and texture. Our favorite selection by homeowners is the hydrangea tree that serves as a welcome piece if you are entering the back yard from the sidewalk.