Maximizing Unusable Space

A before and after gallery of our project

Before: View of existing deck before renovation. Note the stair location in the closed in under deck space.
After 1: View of relocated step in staircase and updated deck work. Pivoting the steps out opened up the space below
After 2: View of expanded open entertainment space under the deck. Rotating the staircase out allowed for a better overall patio layout

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Before: The view of the hillside area under Oak tree. Note that the water flow came to the left side of the tree into the backyard. Very unusable space
After 1: View after patio in landscape was installed. Grades were changed to manage the water flow to help expand out the patio area.
After 2: Dry Creek bed running down the side of the house and redirecting the flow to the bottom of the hill.

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Some more after pictures showing off the expanded patio area, fire pit, and landscaping

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Creativity Meets Water Management

A before and after gallery of our project

Before: Backyard area as pool contractor finishes up before landscape work begins.
After: View of backyard area after stone sidewalk and landscape is completed. Note the garden gnome that was a gift by a good friend that was incorporated into the landscape. Even garden gnomes have a sense of humor!


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Before: View of backyard after pool contractor was completed before landscape work begins. Note large Evergreen Leyland’s on left side that dominate the space. Hydrangeas in photograph were transplanted to new location
After: View of area after pruning and limbing up of existing plant material along with the installation of new landscaping.


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Before: Area behind pool cabana where water is pooling with nowhere to go.
After: Area bar behind pool cabana after drainage was installed. Create a natural stone pathway that incorporates a dry Creek bed and added a circular stone patio to view up into the upper yard. Even though the space is not seen from the upper deck area It expands the overall landscape view of the yard


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Before: View of the side yard area and entryway from the front yard to the backyard pool deck.
After: Evergreens, were installed to screen off adjacent property and dry Creek bed was installed to manage water flow
between the two properties


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Pathway from front driveway that leads to pool area in back.


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Accent pots were added to the landscape in Midsummer to frame the steps from the pool deck to the upper house


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Refreshing an Old Landscape

A before and after gallery of our project

Before: View of sinking front step that was replaced with a curved radius step.
After: View of new paver sidewalk with circular paver pattern which is a focal point and replaced front step.

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Before: View of existing crumbling and heaving sidewalk and tired and unbalanced landscape plantings.
After 1: Same view of new paver sidewalk in landscaped plantings
After 2: Different angle of the front sidewalk planting areas after landscape was completed

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Before: View from right side of driveway of existing tired landscape.
After: View from same location right side of finished landscape.

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Before: View from left side of property of existing tired landscape
After: View from same location left side of finished landscape

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Fire Pits and Fireplaces

An amazing set of outdoor fireplaces and fire pits

Warm days make us think of spring color

Purple Green Plant_2As the days get warmer we start thinking about sprucing up our flower beds and pots for the coming spring. But let’s not forget the pansies that we planted last fall. Coming out a wet winter these warm days will bring the pansies back to life. Ideally supplementing them with a liquid fertilizer would help the pansies reach their potential through late April.

If you’re thinking of planting summer color always keep in mind the last frost date in your area. Mother Nature’s will remind us being first to plant can sometimes be a mistake.

Unique has put together some summer seasonal color blends for you to think about as you plan out your beds. We have something for every location, sunny areas and shady spots along with choices for your decorative planters to try out this year.

One thing you will notice that we do not have any Vinca in is blends this year. It is good to rotate out plant material from year to year so you don’t build up any kind of soil viruses or fungus very similar to what affects Vinca if you plant them every year. Rotating your color blends from year to year helps eliminate any of those problems.

Also remember, your most successful plantings will come from preparation and amending the soil. Adding Mushroom compost, chicken compost and good organic topsoil will help your flowers thrive throughout the summer.

‘Best in Show’ Winners

Two decades of Southeastern Flower Show and Atlanta Home Show

Unique Environmental Landscapes took the top award for medium size booths at the Atlanta Home & Garden Show held at the Cobb Galleria March 20-22, 2015. Unique’s eye-catching garden was a popular spot all three days of the show, attracting the attention of landscape design/install seeking residential patrons. Highlights of the garden included a custom built natural waterfall pumping 4800 gallons of water per hour, a wood burning fireplace, Coral Bark Japanese Maple which was beautifully accented with uplights. A good deal of the plant material in the garden was selected from the Southern Living Plant Collection, a favorite in Unique’s plant palette for the Atlanta landscapes. To finish off the garden, Unique placed beautiful (and comfortable) furniture from Casual Image on Belgrade’s Lafitte Rustic Slab paver patio so patrons could picture themselves enjoying this beautiful landscape garden.

Relax in front of the fireplace in Unique Environmental's garden at the Atlanta Home & Garden Show.

Relax in front of the fireplace in Unique Environmental’s garden at the Atlanta Home & Garden Show.

A peek into Unique Environmental's garden.

A variety of shrubs, trees, and flowers used in Unique Environmental’s garden.

Accents for Partial Shade

These plants will brighten up the shadiest part of your landscape and lend a pop of eye-catching color and beauty all season long.

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Accents for Full Sun 2015 Color Blends

Our  selection of accent plants for full sun will add a pop of color and texture to any flower bed.  Even during the hottest temperatures in summer, these plants

 will thrive and continue to perform beautifully.   

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Color Blends 2015

Find your Atlanta area landscape inspiration right here!

The design experts at Unique Environmental Landscapes picked these seasonal color blends to create beautiful, eye-catching mass plantings that will perform superbly all season long.

 

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Unique has “Award Winning” Year with Urban Ag Council (UAG)

Unique is one of the longer standing members of the Georgia Urban Ag Council (UAG,) formerly known as MALTA. Once again for 2014 they had numerous award-winning landscape entries for their projects in the Atlanta and Georgia market. During the annual UAG awards banquet in February they took home:

  • 3 Grand awards, the top award presented by UAG
  • 2 Distinction awards
  • 1 Merit award

In addition, Unique was the winner of the environmental ‘Green Star’ landscape award, as well as the recipient of one of the prestigious “Judge’s Choice” awards.

Unique’s owner and landscape designer, Todd Guilmette, said it was one of the better years in Unique’s UAG history for award-winning projects. Unique feels their “unique” concepts in design have afforded them this honor.

One of their projects, pictured here, was the transformation of an unusable space below the homeowner’s deck. The yard sloped off and the deck steps  made the space pretty much ‘off limits.’ Unique says they receive an increasing number of calls for these situations. At this property, they modified the deck/stairs, extended level ground space and built a patio and fire pit as well as added a small water feature and extensive landscaping.

Please visit the gallery on our website for additional photos.
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