Northern Illinois University - Gabel/Graham Courtyard at the College of Education
What a great transformation! We had the honor of designing and overseeing the construction of this wonderful courtyard. From an overgrown mess, to a newly planted paradise for students, faculty and staff. What a difference!
For this client we were able to let our imagination run wild. With natural stone paths and complimentary plantings, we were able to give this client the garden of their dreams!
Ecosystem Ponds and Pondless Water Features
We love water features. It was pure joy designing and installing this water feature for these young clients. What a great way to spend a hot summer.
Commercial and Institutional Landscape Design
This landscape design was created for the Kishwaukee College campus. The design was installed by the students of the Kishwaukee College Horticulture Department and is truly one of our favorite projects. We love helping students learn and grow into future leaders in the horticulture industry. We love not only seeing the students using the space, but also the butterflies and pollinators that it attracts.
Paths, Retaining Walls and Natural Stone Steps
This beautiful pathway and retaining wall added needed structure to a difficult slope on the side of the garage. This walkway, wall and steps are the perfect compliment to the already beautiful plants. This new walkway leads visitors towards the existing patio and backyard.
Pergola, Pillars, and Walls
For this client we cleaned up their landscape beds, provided an update to their retaining walls and had columns built. The columns have a pergola coming out of them to accentuate the architecture and provide a bit of shade to the clients, while on their patio. The dark stain on the pergola contrasted all of the colors on this project and did a good job at letting them shine.
Patios, Walls, and Fire Pits
We tore out the existing deck and installed this wonderful patio. Our clients are over the moon and are enjoying their new space this fall. We can't wait to return next spring to finish the landscaping around the patio for Phase 2!
Spillway Bowls and Basins
We also design and install fountainscapes and landscape lighting! This one turned out beautiful!
Fire Pits and Patio Areas
Whether you are enjoying the warmth of the fire with friends or family, nothing screams autumn or summer nights quite like the nostalgia of a camp fire. Fire-pits are a great addition just off a patio, or a destination in a corner of the yard. They bring together people of all ages for some mystical fun and enchanting stories.
Landscape Plantings Near a Patio
We worked within budget to beautify the patio these clients had installed. Our plants did a great job at softening the hard edges and really tied the whole yard together.
Side Yard Slopes, Steps and Pathways
For this client we designed and installed the pathway from the drive to the rear yard. This combination of natural limestone outcropping steps, Unilock pavers and Unilock retaining walls allows for a safe and elegant pathway to the backyard.
Planting Bed Overhaul and Updating
This client had some small planting bed areas that truly needed to be transformed. They were overrun with weeds and really needed some love. So, the Escapes team created a landscaped design and truly delivered a high-end landscape design, within the clients budget.
Outdoor Living Space Design
Through the redesign and face-lift of an existing structure, we were able to increase the safety of this existing deck while increasing the beauty of the outdoor space for our client.