Conquering Tricky Yard Limits: Cherokee Drive by Harmony Design Group

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Anyone who plans any kind of home or lawn renovation is more than familiar with Murphy’s Law: If anything can go wrong, it will. Such was the case with this landscape design — setbacks off the house, a septic field , and property lines all made the design a little tighter than everyone would have liked. But Harmony Design Group (HDG) took the client’s request seriously — they wanted outdoor rooms to expand the living space beyond house boundaries. In the end, the client got not one, but three spaces: a raised “dining terrace” and kitchen; an outdoor “living room” with a fireplace; and a pool area that includes a spa, a waterfall, and even a fire bowl. And, as if that weren’t enough, they even have a pond!

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Because the property is in a northern climate, the design located the kitchen/dining area adjacent to the house and including a louvered pergola (in addition to the fireplace) over the outdoor living room to allow use in less-than-perfect weather. You’ll notice another wonderful ingredient here as well: color. Bright color is everywhere, in the red of living room seating, bright prints on umbrellas and throw pillows, and brilliant purples in the garden that edges the pond. The natural landscape is wooded wetlands, so HDG worked with native plants and hardy grasses edged in polished rock to integrate the indoors and outdoors as seamlessly as possible. Up-lighting at night makes these outdoor “rooms” shine even brighter, for a welcoming, relaxing escape almost any day of the year.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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