Project Type: Residential

Project Description

Welcome to this retreat tucked away in the Ruxton suburb!

These homeowners were ready to transform their outdated backyard! From rotting timber retaining walls to tiny patio to old, cracking flagstones, the family was ready for a beautiful and modern upgrade.

The Live Green team knew the family loved watching football and spending outdoor time with friends, so a covered structure was a must. The backyard also featured a nice space for a grill and smoker, and matched the neighborhood’s relaxed aesthetic. In addition, we constructed a wall with natural ledgestone veneer to complement their new bluestone patio.

These integrated features were the perfect addition to the property, transforming an underutilized space into an entertainment escape.

Project Description

These homeowners reached out to Live Green during the pandemic looking for a way to make the backyard of their 100-year-old home in Baltimore more inviting and useable for outdoor functions when people were working and going to school remotely.

The house was built in the 1920s and the stucco finish was original to the home, so we designed this fireplace and outdoor kitchen with the same stucco to match the style and architecture of the house. Details like the relief at the top of the fireplace mimic similar details on the house and make the new outdoor space feel like it was always part of the home. The semi-circle inlay in front of the fireplace hearth was the original, 100-year-old bluestone on the property and was saved to be reused for this project. This brought a unique, original design element from the home’s exterior into the new bluestone patio.

The outdoor kitchen combines granite counters with built in storage and refrigeration to make the space great for relaxing, entertaining, and cooking. The large patio allows guests to relax by the fire, dine outdoor or cook while enjoying the home’s beautiful private backyard in the heart of the city.

Project Description

The client finds a particular enjoyment in immersing themselves in nature and wanted a space where they could sit, observe pollinators, and listen to bird calls. The client requested a garden with native plating with formal traditional accents as well as a clear entry way. While our company was not the designer of the project, we were able to bring it to life with our installation of boulders, river rock, and cedar woodworking to evoke a naturalized experience from outside and inside the garden. The entryway to the garden features a composite bride and stairs up to the garden that utilize crossing a gravel swale to create a feeling of separation while entering the garden and a defined sense of space. Our entryway features a wrought iron handrail attached to a contemporary composite decking bridge that is lead by special multi-colored bluestone pavers that are reminiscent of the bluestone native to the area. Once inside the garden you will find a small seating area, a dark cobblestone lining to emphasize the transition from gravel and mulch, and planter boxes for a maintained herb and vegetable garden. At the edge of the planting beds a custom-built shred rests like an old English cottage.

Project Description

The client’s primary goals were to secure the house, foundation, and the shoreline of his newly purchased vacation home on the Chesapeake Bay and to create an environmentally friendly section of shoreline to help spark the interest of his neighbors to continue this effort. The existing wooden retaining wall was failing, allowing sediment and contaminants to make their way into the Chesapeake Bay, which in turn caused pollution. While the total square footage of the walls came to 3,570 sq. ft., the project technically consisted of six individual walls. Walls on each side of a stairway had to be the exact same height. This became a challenge as we built them separately and at different times. This project won a gold award through NALP for erosion control/ ecological restoration. This project also won a distinction award through LCA for craftsmanship.

Project Description

A lovely home on the edge of Liberty Reservoir is currently being revamped by Live Green’s experienced residential team. The renovation involves demos, plantings, patios, walkways, and a fire pit with a seating wall.

After removing unwanted plant material, we had a fresh canvas to landscape. Our friends at Tree Link Tree Movers helped us move a gorgeous crape myrtle that had obstructed the garage space to the driveway entrance, reestablishing the tree as a focal point at the entrance of the property. We laid a 1700 sq. ft. grouted bluestone patio with a walkway to the porch. The front steps were constructed using CMU blocks with a brick veneer, and matching bluestone treads. We installed almost 100 low-voltage lighting fixtures to illuminate the yard, including a Wi-Fi Smart Socket to control them with ease.

To create the green space that the homeowner envisioned, we restored the lawn. This involved grading the soil and installing 10,000 sq. ft. of seed that we fertilized and covered with straw to establish grass. In front of the home, Live Green planted hundreds of low-maintenance bushes and perennials, including a gorgeous Hinoki Cypress taking the center stage, English Lavender as a timeless favorite with its fragrant flowers along the walkway, the dainty flowers of the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ which will bloom for much of the year, creating attractive groundcover; and mounds of Evercolor Carex to add some graceful texture.

The bluestone walkway continues into the backyard, leading to the 300 sq. ft. circular fire pit patio. With a Nicolock Belvedere seat wall wrapped around it. The fire pit has a natural bluestone finish and is bordered by some privacy shrubs and perennials for a cozy and intimate ambiance that blends into the surrounding landscape perfectly.

It’s now time for this family to get cozy by the fire on their new patio and roast some marshmallows!

Project Description

The Residential Department had the opportunity to transform a local Clarksville property into a beautifully land- and hardscaped home over the course of 2020 while completing various renovations. Live Green constructed a deck, two 11’x16′ cedar pergolas, and three patios complete with pillars, lighting, retaining walls, walkways, and steps.

Off the driveway, a 545 sq. ft. “Observation” patio gives visitors a perfect view of the bounding backyard. On the middle patio, we installed a spacious outdoor kitchen area – a culinary amenity in increasing demand – which now allows the homeowner to expand their dining options while hosting friends and family. The kitchen includes a stainless-steel natural gas grill with BBQ rotisserie, a double burner, and a fridge.  Above, a white vinyl pavilion defines the space and protects it from the elements. Nearby, a new 13′ tall fireplace will also provide added entertainment while creating a stunning focal point on the 1,675 sq. ft. lower patio.

Drift roses, schip laurel, and cherry laurel now enhance the beauty of the backyard, with two impressive Bosque Lacebark Elms bookending the lower patio. The introduced greenery will not only bring about curb appeal, but will contribute to the peaceful, relaxing nature of the space. Landscaping plans for this property have been in the works since 2019, and it is incredibly satisfying to see the transformation brought about by Live Green’s dedicated Residential crews.

Project Description

Live Green’s project at a tucked away residence in Reisterstown involved expanding an existing porch with the addition of a 20’x20′ wet laid bluestone patio. An American Corinth Granite veneer fireplace with a bluestone mantel, flanked by matching wood storage boxes, stands as the patio’s focal point. Live Green also constructed a 17’x18′ traditional white pavilion with a vaulted, stained cedar soffit ceiling and cupola roof. We surface mounted four 4000-watt infrared heaters to header beams in the pavilion and installed a stylish ceiling fan to sculpt a comfortable outdoor living space in any season.

From one end of the property to the other, we planted a variety of colorful, eye-catching perennials and shrubs. Sunny Black-eyed Susans, violet Russian Sage, and Mexican feathergrass line the front and backyard walkways to produce a pleasant, harmonious environment. Ornamental boulders artistically placed among the foliage accent the landscape and yield a dramatic effect. Complementing the atmosphere further out in the yard, Live Green planted an evergreen screen to allow for needed seclusion and to restrict noise pollution.

Finally, a 65′ long bluestone walkway creates a grand entrance lit with LED path lights, flaring toward the driveway. With a fully decked-out, beautiful front and backyard, the homeowners of this residence are now ready to relax and entertain at their leisure.

Project Description

In 2019, a local business owner purchased this exclusive home from a well-known Baltimore athlete. The outdoor appearance of the home had been neglected, and the new owner had a vision to enhance the exterior of the home and showcase the property. They hired Live Green to design and construct a grand entrance from the street to the front doors of the house. To do this, we demolished existing trees, landscapes, and hardscapes, which created new space for a formal entry that matches the scale and elegance of the home.

The design incorporates a magnificent staircase built from red brick and natural bluestone, accented by a granite cobblestone border around the upper and lower terraces. Brick pillars with carriage lights accent the walls and steps, while showcasing the home’s entrance, both day and night. Hidden drainage systems under the bluestone capture and manage stormwater runoff without altering the appearance of the terraces. Landscape elements, including a variety of boxwoods, accent the brick walls and add to the classic elegance of this Greenspring Valley property. Live Green is currently working on Phase 2 of the project: a backyard oasis to include outdoor entertaining space for the homeowners and guests, year-round.

Project Description

These clients had a vision of turning their property into an Italian Villa Style Residence, but the current landscape wasn’t complementing the style of the beautiful home to achieve that.  Live Green worked closely with the clients to create a landscape design that included a grand front entrance, an expanded governor’s driveway for easy turn-around access, an improved parking area, a chimney fireplace covered by a natural log wood pergola, and an abundance of plant material to complement it all. The home itself was already meeting the qualifications for Italian Villa Style with its unique architecture, stucco coating, and natural stone work.  By utilizing the right stone materials, plant material, and design style, we were able to give them exactly what they were looking for.

To accommodate the design, Live Green removed the existing asphalt driveway, giving them space for a long, grand entrance driveway to replace it. Western Maryland Stone curbing runs along the entire driveway, setting the boundary and giving an aesthetic look.  Rows of Arborvitae Trees line the driveway as well, providing privacy screening and dimension.  The driveway leads into an 1,850 square foot parking court of Turkish Travertine pavers surrounded by red brick border. In the side yard, we have created a rose garden with a custom chimney-style fireplace with plenty of storage for firewood.  We constructed a pergola from harvested tree logs to provide a rustic feel.  Climbing Roses have been planting around the perimeter of the pergola, and are currently being trained to grow over the pergola.  A stacked natural stone wall is retaining the grade change where the rose garden sits.  To top it all off, we installed roughly one acre of sod to give the client a brand new, healthy lawn.

Project Description

Customer needed additional off-street parking on a very busy road.

Parking was increased by almost 400 sf with Keystone retaining wall and a reinforced concrete pad.