Private Garden – Lake Forest, Illinois
Positioned on a corner lot in Lake Forest, the client’s goal was to create a private backyard oasis within the beautiful woodland setting. The design concepts worked to provide intimacy within the expansive yard by separating entertaining areas; this also allowed for the preservation of some very large trees. The elegant limestone pool terrace is framed with high lannonstone walls that blend seamlessly with the home’s façade, creating privacy from the street. The entire pool area is sunken to further exaggerate the feeling of seclusion. The spa terrace has an assortment of seating, an oversized custom spa, and a grand outdoor fireplace aligned with the sunroom entrance; these elements create a cozy entertaining space for gathering year round. Limestone columns line the spa terrace wall and provide the framework for a future pergola. A large outdoor kitchen makes the garden ideal for hosting family get-togethers. The planting scheme introduces Oaks, American Hornbeam, Witch Hazel and Redbud to the existing woodland and an understory of shade-loving forbs.