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McLean Retreat

This project is located in McLean, Virginia; the client wanted a master plan for the property- to be installed in phases. Phase One is featured here.

A scan of the plan presented to the client. The site gets very little sun and is quite long and narrow. A challenge was how to make the space feel larger and still screen the neighbor’s house. Rendered plans like this one are key to helping clients picture the feel their new space will have.

In addition to the plan, I will sometimes prepare a perspective view for a client. Often a perspective view is useful for a client to really see how the space will relate to the house and surrounding landscape. This view shows how the new patio will relate to the existing exterior doors and how that transition will be made.

Shade-loving plants like those in this planting plan often rely on texture and leaf color and not as much on bright flowers to provide interest. The bright white Adirondack chairs (client’s own) draw your eye up to the cool wooded seating area. Lush plantings and generous stepping stones create a welcoming space.

The brilliant blue water feature urn next to the patio provides a splashing soundtrack to the completed back yard. The sound of water was essential to my client, who uses this patio to unwind after a long day.


*Installation by McHale Landscape Design, Inc.

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