Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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At this suburban Chicago residence, the landscape architect designed a dramatic front entrance to the house by carving out a circular auto court into the sloping front lawn. The crushed granite court is backed by two undulating limestone retaining walls that provide planting terraces. Fifteen foot deep steel piers were driven into the ground to support the retaining walls and provide support for the concrete foundations. The auto court was designed with extensive underdrainage and 18" of stone base, as the water table was quite shallow. Underground cisterns are installed at two locations to handle stormwater runoff from new and existing impervious hardscapes. The court is balanced with a central limestone planter and formal boxwood hedge. The grade change from the original house entry down to the auto court required a grand limestone staircase detailed with custom iron railings and lighting. 44 Landscape Architect and Specifier News BEFORE

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