Abbie Lydon, landscape designer in Matteson, was featured in The Landscape Contractor earlier this year. She was asked to participate in the design exploration panel and develop a landscape design for an urban two-story duplex townhouse. The client for this project was a retired Chicago couple that wanted to transform the space into a modern retreat to unwind and entertain family and friends.
Abbie’s design for the front yard includes a natural bluestone entry with an infinity water feature made up of black granite slabs. The front yard also includes built-in seating made of a natural limestone veneer. There is also a fence with horizontal cables and a wooden railing that was designed to further define the space. The modern planters are filled with contrasting pops of annual color and are thoughtfully placed to enhance the design.
The backyard features an outdoor kitchen complete with a stainless grill, refrigerator, and warming drawer. There is also a firepit that is surrounded by built-in seating. The planting design in the back features an espalier Japanese Maple, with additional shrubs and perennials, including summer beauty allium, liriope, boxwood, and switch grass.