Featured Home 2016
Jack Martin and Pam called us in the late summer of 2015. Their backyard needed a transformation and they were looking for someone who they could trust to handle the challenge. Ken Owen, our lead designer, and I visited their home to begin a conversation about their vision, and by the time we left their backyard, we felt like old friends. Pam will tell you that for Jack Martin, strangers are simply friends he hasn’t met yet. It was clear to us that their new backyard would need to be made for entertaining.
Their home overlooks the opening green of a beautiful golf course, but their brick privacy wall separated them from the lower yard and obstructed their view. When Jack Martin relaxed in the pool he couldn’t watch his friends tee off, and Pam was overwhelmed by an aggressive landscape that had grown unruly over the years.
Their pool was removed and a new one was installed to take advantage of the view and elevation change. It was a perfect setting for a bar at the pool’s edge. Bar stools in the pool make for a great place to watch golfers.
The gas firepit, where friends gather for cool evenings, is Jack Martin’s other favorite feature. The spaces spoke to their desire to have friends enjoy the yard at different times of the year.
“We love everything about the project.
We definitely have no regrets.”
After reviewing easements, codes and covenants, we recommended natural boulders along the pools edge to raise the grade below the patio, allowing the handrails to be removed. This opened the view and connected the spaces. It also created a perfect sit-wall and conversation area.
Pam loves her new landscape, with low maintenance seasonal beauty that she is free to enjoy. She also loves the magic of low voltage lighting that transforms the yard for evening gatherings.
In reflecting on the project, Pam talks about the thoughtful and respectful crew members who worked hard to keep the site clean and orderly from day to day; about the flexibility that she and Jack Martin had to make changes along the way; and about how important it was to them that Nature’s Expressions could be trusted to handle every detail of the project.
“We love everything about the project. We definitely have no regrets. People are drawn to our yard, and we have a hundred times more yard space than we ever had! I don’t know how we even managed before!”
We love your new space as well, Pam and Jack Martin. We love how it communicates who you are and how it has become a landscape feature on the golf course itself. Thank you for trusting us with your vision and allowing us to help you bring it to life.