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Introducing “The Landscape Master Plan”
About Garden Architecture LLC
A landscape should be designed as a series of outdoor garden rooms. It should be created to enhance the architecture of your home and to provide a beautiful setting for your favorite outdoor activities. At Garden Architecture, our approach is to develop a comprehensive design for your outdoor environments that can be installed in phases over time. Whether you have a newer home and need help designing on a “clean slate” lot, or you have an older property that is overgrown and outdated, it is important to plan before your build. Garden Architecture’s expertise in Landscape Master Planning will save you time, money and frustration. Our custom design plan will show you exactly what you can accomplish with your property, as well as enable you or your contractor to implement improvements at your own pace. You will be confident knowing that each stage is contributing towards your overall design goals. Your landscape and garden investments deserve professional attention.
Founded in 1995, Garden Architecture, LLC is a landscape architecture firm that specializes in design and construction consulting services for residential and institutional clients. Kirsten Coffen is the company’s licensed landscape architect and principal designer. She has worked as a landscape architect since 1985 and has degrees in landscape architecture from Cornell and Harvard Universities. You can be confident that your project will be in creative, qualified and experienced hands
New Home Construction
At Garden Architecture, we work with you and other professionals who may be involved with your project to plan the location and orientation of the new home on your lot. We can make arrangements for the property to be surveyed and have a topographic worksheet prepared. Working with you, and collaborating with the architect and/ or builder, we can plan how the house relates to the site for optimum residential landscape design. What will be the finished elevation of the house in relationship to the existing topography? How will the drainage patterns work and how will storm water be managed? How will driveways and parking areas be incorporated? All of these features are designed and drawn on a Site Plan that can be used in your builder’s package to obtain building permits for your project.
Many homeowners face the dilemma of what to do with an older property. Where is the best place to start with making changes that enable you to use your outdoor space more effectively? Your home may have overgrown shrubs and trees crowding your front walkway, driveway or house. Perhaps you have inherited an out dated landscape from the previous owners that doesn’t meet you current outdoor living needs. Your family may be growing and you want to create lawn play areas and a large patio space for outdoor dining and entertaining. Or your family is changing, and now that the children are grown, you want to eliminate some lawn to create a focal water garden for relaxation and enjoyment. Every property and homeowner has a unique situation and goals. Here at Garden Architecture, we can help you to meld the conditions of your property with the way you would like to enjoy it.
At Garden Architecture, our philosophy is that a landscape should be designed as a series of outdoor garden rooms. It should be created to enhance the architecture of your home and to provide a setting for your favorite outdoor activities. You may want a picturesque view enhanced; privacy from the neighbors’ play areas for the kids; garden access and fenced areas for family pets; patio or deck spaces for outdoor cooking, dining and entertaining; an elegant front walkway for guests, and a retreat garden to relax and enjoy the outdoors. There are many issues to consider and decisions to be made, but by working with Garden Architecture, you can be assured that the design for your outdoor living spaces will meet your needs and exceed your expectations. The result will be a landscape that is appropriate for your home and lifestyle.
What others say about us
Everything is incredible; the landscaping, the pond, the terrace, the fire pit, the driveway, you name it. We really appreciate all your efforts and thoughtfulness in capturing everything we were looking for and much more. The problem has been that we never want to leave…. Your services were worth every penny and we would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
…thank you for your devotion to excellence and unending care for your customers.
I wanted to let you know what a pleasure it was working with your landscape design. Your work was meticulous! The scaled measurements were very accurate, with no guesswork. The plant species were quite diverse and appropriate for each exposure and scale. In short, you painted a beautiful picture for a marvelous property.
Want to make a positive impact on your local stream and the Gunpowder River Watershed? Interested in creating fall and winter beauty in your garden? Then we have a great fall planting project that will delight your eyes with color during the bleakest winter days and entice cheery winter songbirds to stop by for a visit and a snack!
Every spring, thousands of Virginia Bluebells emerge from their long dormancy to create an amazing display of blue flowers along the banks of the Big Gunpowder Falls and Little Gunpowder Falls. So get out your walking shoes and mark your calendars for a visit during the peak season of April through early May.