Tommy Todd Landscape and Design Office — Walnut Travertine Entry & Retaining Walls at Entrance of Tommy Todd Landscape & Design. Bougainvillea Supported by a Structural Pergola
Myer Residence — Jack & Joy Myer had a vision to transform their run-down backyard and remodel the old pool and dysfunctional pool deck. In combination with Freestyle Pools & Spas, Inc. we brought new life to their waterfront backyard sanctuary. The subtly dual-leveled Walnut Travertine pool deck, accented with Florida Limestone caprock retaining walls, encompasses the revitalized pool, spa and waterfall, and with it’s open and inviting feel creates the perfect outdoor cooking and entertainment area. Privacy was gained through a layering of complimentary palms, flowering trees and tropical shrubs, creating a remarkable retreat beyond anything Jack & Joy had imagined.
Kingdon Residence — Brenda & BJ Kingdon wanted to incorporate an Irish Garden theme into their landscape using plant materials appropriate for the local climate conditions. An eclectic use of different colors and textures were blended to create a structured garden that has the feel of formal elements intertwined with loose free-form garden varietals that add diversity and interest to the landscape. The front yard captures the Irish Garden concept; whereas, the courtyard offers a serene and private setting reminiscent of Coconut Grove, Florida. Encompassed by tropical foliage and colors, the courtyard features a pergola-covered spa nestled amongst a beautifully crafted Ipe deck. Our design staff worked with Stroebel Design/Build to fuse together ideas to create a spectacular home exterior renovation that exhibits creativity and craftsmanship.
Wilson Residence — The over-planted front yard of Ed & Louise Wilson’s newly purchased house hid the attractive stone walled façade and lovely architectural features. A graceful cottage garden was designed to compliment the expanded drive and new retaining wall, while showing off the design integrity of the front of the home. An existing old, warped, and faded synthetic wood deck in the back, framed on three sides by varying rooms of the house had caused drainage issues and was detracting from the open beauty of the home. By lowering and expanding the patio, an ease of movement between the indoor and the outdoor rooms was achieved, and great attention was brought to solving the drainage problem. The choice of gold travertine brings out gold ribbons of color in the stone façade and the clean design with swooping curves, wide steps and large pieces make the patio space feel larger. The addition of a clay brick fire pit brings warmth to the space and is a conversation piece in any weather. Tropical landscape screening provides much needed privacy and offers brilliant color and texture to this remarkable home.
Easter Residence — Dr. Easter and his wife, Becky, desired a country estate garden and hardscape look for their newly built home. The property, nestled in a woodland setting, proved to be the perfect backdrop to the harmonious blend of naturalized and traditional southern landscaping styles. The large, dramatic driveway, a charming juxtaposition of concrete bands and wide swaths of clay brick pavers, proves to be the ideal entry to a southern estate. The brick pattern, mirrored in pathways, front porch and backyard patio adds continuity to the design, tying together hardscape elements and landscape materials. An established-looking waterfall meandering out of the wooded setting, complete with a dense collage of Florida Native plants adds a delicious blend of exquisite beauty and a delightful white noise to their backyard retreat.
Saltiel Residence — Al & Debbie Saltiel reside in a magnificent Tuscan inspired estate home with gardens that evoke the Italian spirit of formal elegance. Working with the local waterfront conditions of salt, wind, and humidity, the landscape makes the appropriate use of plants that thrive in such conditions and lend themselves to the Italian-garden theme. The powerful front entrance of the home is set off by the mature Cuban Royal Palms that provide a column-like presence along the brick-paved pathway leading to the front door. Angular plant groupings instrumental to the formal concept were the key element in creating a harmony of different textures and colors held together by the geometric shapes they represented. Facing barrier islands with a waterfront view of the Gulf of Mexico, the backyard has a lap pool surrounded by angular pathways highlighted by the plant groupings that further the design integrity. The Saltiel residence is a beautifully synchronized unification of the Tuscany region of Italy and the coastal-central Florida environment.
Baran Residence — Gregg & Cynthia Baran truly recognized the importance that landscaping brings to a residential property. Their historic Northeast St. Petersburg estate home captures local architectural trends of the 1920’s and amalgamates them with timeless creative elements somewhat unique to their project. Inspired by West Palm Beach and the geometric formalness of their gardens, the landscape reflects the beautiful simplicity of clean lines juxtaposed with varied textures and colors. Separate from the entrance of the home and the boulevard plantings, the property features two private outdoor areas with different uses. The outdoor kitchen/lanai area is used for entertaining while the geometric courtyard creates a background for the family room yet offers a peaceful retreat to smoke a cigar or read a book.
Jason Messer — Brenda & BJ Kingdon wanted to incorporate an Irish Garden theme into their landscape using plant materials appropriate for the local climate conditions. An eclectic use of different colors and textures were blended to create a structured garden that has the feel of formal elements intertwined with loose free-form garden varietals that add diversity and interest to the landscape. The front yard captures the Irish Garden concept; whereas, the courtyard offers a serene and private setting reminiscent of Coconut Grove, Florida. Encompassed by tropical foliage and colors, the courtyard features a pergola-covered spa nestled amongst a beautifully crafted Ipe deck. Our design staff worked with Stroebel Design/Build to fuse together ideas to create a spectacular home exterior renovation that exhibits creativity and craftsmanship.
Deegan Residence — Jim & Eileen Deegan’s pool and pool deck were both in poor shape. In association with Freestyle Pools & Spas, Inc., we repaired the pool beam and installed new coping for a dramatically different aesthetic look. The Walnut Travertine pool deck opened the usable space around the pool, and the pitch of the new decking in combination with the oversized deck drain solved the existing drainage problems. We installed a simple plant palette along the property edge to screen backyard from view and bring spring and summertime fragrance to the pool area. The driveway in the front was in disrepair, as well, and we designed a new footprint, reduced the overall size and brought in new clay brick paving materials which made a remarkable impact, giving the house a classic and elegant entry.
Glenn Residence — The existing conditions in Robin Glenn’s backyard consisted of uncomfortably small “rooms” without any natural flow between and many incongruous materials. Creating sweeping terraced areas which connect the garage building and the house open the space and make it more inviting for entertaining and relaxing. Robin enjoyed the look of antique clay bricks and she chose from a few different color patterns, the combination of which creates visual intrigue. Making the stairs wider and taking traffic patterns into consideration, traversing the thresholds now becomes a comfortable experience. The possible monotony of the lower terrace is broken by a central planter bed containing a wide-spreading majestic Coconut Palm. The effect of these three elements in perfect chorus gives Robin the tranquil, private area she had dreamed of.
Zingale Residence — Lance Zingale’s narrow backyard was a challenge our designers were eager to tackle. The tight space allowed for snaking clay brick pathways connecting a fire pit and “landing pad” patio spaces. Continuity of space was the key to success with this project, found in the ebb and flow of clay brick pathways swelling to round patios and resting spaces, curving around the building and tying into the driveway and front entry walkways. Along the back perimeter are planted 20’ tall, dense, graceful palms succeeding in creating screening and privacy. Each visitor can agree that the desire to stroll down the meandering walkways and discover the “secrets” beyond each turn is almost overwhelming!