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A Family-Friendly California Landscape Design

A Family-Friendly California Landscape Design

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 in Design, Landscape Design

“I have a big ask,” wrote this Berkeley, California, homeowner, explaining that she wanted a yard where her young children could spend as much time outdoors as possible, but she also wanted the garden to feel like an extension of the house, with plenty of room for entertaining. Creating privacy and attractive views was also […]

DIY Landscape Design: Drawing Your Property Base Plan

DIY Landscape Design: Drawing Your Property Base Plan

With our Home Outside service, JMMDS can create landscape plans for people who live far from our Vermont studio. The tool that makes it possible for us to design without visiting the site is our Home Outside app, which homeowners can use to send us measurements and other information about their property. Many people are able to capture their property using […]

Stone Walls in the Landscape

Stone Walls in the Landscape

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 in Design, Landscape Design, Uncategorized

Many of us are lucky to live where natural stone is plentiful. Whether flat or rounded, granite, sandstone, or limestone, a stone wall made out of what’s local looks great because it is in keeping with the natural landscape. This dry stone wall was built without mortar. At its end, a ruin-like window seems to […]

Water-Conserving Landscape Design: “California Rocks!”

Water-Conserving Landscape Design: “California Rocks!”

In “Try Rock Gardens to Soften the Look of Drought-Friendly Yards,” reporter Suzanne Sproul describes how Southern California homeowners are using local rocks as water-saving ornaments in the yard–and how beautiful the results can be. “Pairing rocks and ornamental grasses and sages is ideal, combining both hard and soft textures and movement to a scene,” Sproul writes. “Julie […]

Using Trees for Formality in the Landscape

Using Trees for Formality in the Landscape

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 in Uncategorized

Trees provide a sense of formality as in this allée of hornbeams (Carpinus fastigiata). Their graceful forms lead the eye down a perfectly symmetrical approach to a traditional-style home. From Landscaping Ideas That Work by Julie Moir Messervy (Taunton Press, 2014, page 136). Design and photo: Chip Callaway, Callaway & Associates.

A South Carolina Landscape Design That’s Both Formal & Relaxed

A South Carolina Landscape Design That’s Both Formal & Relaxed

Sometimes our Home Outside online landscape design clients have a very clear idea of what they want; they just need expert help to refine the details. These homeowners used the Home Outside Palette app to develop a sophisticated “wishlist” design, then sent it to us for our design team to review and tweak. We added sweeping […]

Replace Your Lawn: Drought-Tolerant Landscape Design

Replace Your Lawn: Drought-Tolerant Landscape Design

Lately Home Outside designers are getting requests from homeowners in drought-prone areas of the country who want to replace their thirsty lawns with waterwise landscaping. There are plenty of beautiful possibilities that don’t involve an expanse of gravel dotted with cactus plants! Using our Home Outside Palette app, a client in Northern California sent us […]

Get a Dream Landscape…Wherever You Live!

Get a Dream Landscape…Wherever You Live!

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 in Landscape Design

The landscape architects and designers of JMMDS, the designers behind Home Outside, are at it again! This month their work graces the cover of Ocean Home magazine. Designing this hilltop paradise around a new residential compound on Virgin Gorda was a dream project, but most of us live in homes that are, well, not quite […]

Garden Design App Helps Landscape Businesses Grow

Garden Design App Helps Landscape Businesses Grow

We were happy to receive an email from Peter, a Garden Consultant at the Plant Shack in Australia, who wanted to share his enthusiasm for the Home Outside Palette app. “I’ve cut my design time down considerably,” Peter wrote. “The background photo option lets me use a simple base plan that I’ve drawn myself, and from there […]

Landscape Design Video: How to Use Layers in the Home Outside Palette App

Landscape Design Video: How to Use Layers in the Home Outside Palette App

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 in Landscape Design, Tips and How To's, Uncategorized

We love the Layers feature of the Home Outside Palette landscape design app. You can place all the existing permanent features of your landscape on one layer and lock it so that you don’t accidentally move or delete any of the elements. Then use additional layers to try out new additions or changes to your landscape design. […]