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Lifescape Colorado Receives 2 Grand Awards at Landscapes 2017

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) is the trade association for the landscape industry and represents the voice of more than 100,000 landscape professionals. Each year this organization hosts the NALP Awards Program at its Landscapes conference to recognize landscape professionals for their exemplary work at a national level. Lifescape Colorado is honored to have received two prestigious Grand Awards at the LANDSCAPES 2017 conference on October 19th in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Grand Award is the NALP’s top category and recognizes interiorscape, landscape, and lawn care professionals who design and create superior projects. The association judged all entries on the basis of difficulty, craftsmanship, attention to detail, and specific criteria listed for each category.

Below is an overview of the two projects that Lifescape Colorado received Grand Awards for:

Grand Award: Small Residential Design/Build Category

We received the Grand Award in the small residential design/build category for our York Street Revival project in Denver, Colorado. Lifescape Colorado was engaged to create a beautiful backyard makeover complete with an outdoor kitchen, dining area, pergola, lighting, fireplace, spa, plantings, hardscape, and more to compliment a 1920’s home. The project was executed over the course of three years and truly gave this historic home a new life.

Grand Award: Residential Landscape Management Category

We were honored to receive another Grand Award at the 2017 Landscapes Conference in the residential landscape management category with our Georgian Charm project in Englewood, Colorado. This project features Georgian-inspired architecture with a mixture of formal gardens and more relaxed meadows and plantings on a 2.5-acre site. After the initial install, Lifescape Colorado transitioned to a year-round garden management plan.

Since 1976 Lifescape Colorado has been completing quality, custom residential and commercial projects in the areas of landscape design, project construction, and customized maintenance programs. Our attention to detail, award-winning designs, and craftsmanship construction sets us apart from the competition.

Contact us to learn more about how we can help you take your Colorado landscape to the next level.

Hardscaping Haven: Build a Garden You Can Live In

Why design a garden to look at when you can build an outdoor space to live in? Thoughtfully designed Colorado hardscapes allow homeowners to relax outdoors year-round. By analyzing your landscape, evaluating the most common wind directions and watching where water drains on your property, we can identify which areas of your outdoor space will be optimal for year-round enjoyment. Afterwards, we can design the necessary hardscape features to facilitate the process.

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Design a patio for a nice transition. Your patio is a great place to start. If you’re starting from scratch, we can help you determine the best size and shape for your patio, based on the proportions of your usable geography. If you already have the foundation in place, we can start looking at what features would make the patio more user-friendly every season. Perhaps a retractable sunshade for the summer months or a covered area for the winter is the best option.

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A raised deck space. A simple, but incredibly useful hardscape feature is a raised deck located off a bedroom or family room. Just a handful of square feet can yield a closure-optional space for you to sit down in and enjoy a change of scenery. Add a simple container garden or water feature to transform your deck into a private sanctuary.

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Fire pits and seating areas. Extra seating areas are always appreciated. They let you enjoy different areas of the garden for different purposes and activities. A section of pavers can be combined with a fire pit or chiminea and extra chairs to create a magical post-sunset hangout spot. Your patio is another place where an outdoor fireplace is desirable.

Traditional Landscape by Denver Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Lifescape Colorado.

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Walking paths. Don’t feel like braving the hottest or coldest days on the streets? Hit the pathways of your own garden or backyard and you can still get a dose of Mother Nature, as well as a bit of exercise. You’ll benefit from the elemental protection of your landscape design.

Give Lifescape Colorado a call so our design team can get started on designing the hardscape of your dreams. With the right features and aesthetic appeal, you’ll want to spend every waking minute of the day outdoors this season!

Recap of the 5280 Home Party at Lifescape Colorado

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Summer is the season for entertaining, so Lifescape Colorado decided it was time to throw a party! What better way is there to kick off three of the best months Colorado has to offer? We paired up with 5280 The Denver Magazine and their editors, as well as some of Colorado’s finest architects, landscape architects, designers and sculptors for this special event. It was a gorgeous evening, replete with delicious food, perfect weather, a beautiful ambiance and superb company.

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5280 Home is a local magazine that serves as a complete guide to everything great about Denver and Colorado in general. Their gorgeous magazine spreads are comprised of stunning photos and well-written articles on subjects ranging from Rocky Mountain highlights and things to do in the area to recipes, home health remedies, as well as DIY design and build tips.

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As an incentive to advertisers, 5280 Home hosts a party once a quarter for companies and advertisers who contribute a full page, back cover ad spread. Lifescape Colorado was happy to take advantage of their offer, and you can view our full-page ad in their June issue. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved and serves as one more example of how networking is beneficial to the collective.

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Our 5280 Home party was a great way for Colorado landscape architects and others involved in the design and build industry, as well as 5280 Home, to get together and celebrate our mutual interests with a bit of fun. Our party took place on June 12 and it wouldn’t have been such a grand success without the participation of some key players:

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We want to thank Olive & Finch, P17, Street Kitchen and Babette’s for providing scrumptious morsels throughout the evening. None of us could stay away! The Ace Eat and Serve Bar Bus and Penny prepared chilled refreshments to complement the food. Finally, The Perfect Petal graciously adorned our space with elaborate floral arrangements, yielding the perfect ambiance for this summer affair.

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Everyone had an excellent time at the party! Check out 5280 Home’s Facebook page to see pictures and learn more about the magazine. Are you ready to get your own backyard in summer party shape? Give Lifescape Colorado a call at 303.831.8310.

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Beautiful Backyard Garden Structures

Landscape designers often speak about the importance of adding three-dimensional interest, as well as color and texture, to outdoor spaces. This can be done by integrating a well-manicured lawn or rock garden to the bottom of your landscape, planting trees in a range of sizes at the low- to mid-line of your garden, or adding garden structures to draw the eye upwards.

In addition to enhancing the visual appeal of your Colorado landscape, beautiful backyard garden structures will also improve the function of your outdoor spaces. Here are five examples of potential garden structures you might consider adding to your landscape.

Source: Elaine M. Rushlow C.K.D. via Houzz

Arbors. Arbors can be as simple as a graceful arch or square laden with climbers that welcome guests through your front gate, or they can be more significant in stature, accommodating a bench, chairs or a dining area below. Arbors are fabulous focal points that can separate one area from another.

Traditional Landscape by Pendleton Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers The Collins Group/JDP Design

Source: The Collins Group/JDP Design via Houzz

Pergolas. Similar to an arbor, pergolas have four supporting legs and are a bit larger. Posts and cross beams cross the top of the structure to form an open roof. Often, they’re accompanied by climbing plants or can be augmented with fabric or natural materials if more shade is needed. Pergolas are often used to highlight existing features, like a pool or fountain, or to create a boundary for a seating or dining area.

Tropical Landscape by Chicago Design-Build Firms Aquascape Inc.

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Gazebos. Gazebos take the outdoor garden structure to a whole new level, providing a more sheltered space for dining, entertaining, or quiet reflection. They’re usually round or hexagonal and can be completely exposed or completely enclosed, depending on the climate or your visual preferences.


Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Pavilion. Not to be confused with gazebos, pavilions are usually completely square or rectangular in construction and have a sold roof similar to a house. Pavilions provide a larger sheltered outdoor space for entertaining.


Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Lath house. A lath house, or lattice house, is built using an open grid, suggestive of a windowed greenhouse, but completely open to the elements. It adds visual interest while preserving an unobstructed view of your surrounding landscape.

Lifescape Colorado offers the landscape design and construction services required to add one or more of these beautiful structures to your Colorado landscape architecture. Contact us today to get started on your new landscape design project.

Front Porch Landscaping Ideas

The front porch has a special place in American history. It’s the ideal place to drink a cup of coffee in the morning or converse with family while dinner is cooking. Porches also encourage neighbors and passersby to stop for a moment and say hello. These front porch-landscaping ideas will get your porch in shape for spring and summer.


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Extend your porch. Don’t have much of a front porch to speak of? You can extend it. Whether you extend it forward a bit or wrap it around the side, a larger porch creates space for comfortable furniture, as well as planters and container gardens. Things to consider:

  • Include lattice or some kind of skirting around the bottom to keep critters out
  • If you wrap it around, add another set of stairs so you have more than one way to enter/exit
  • Instead of a formal walkway, use stepping stones or space large pavers for access to auxiliary steps

Source: Barnes Vanze Architects, Inc via Houzz

Consider the design. Porch design isn’t all that different from interior design. Consider how the porch is used and amend your decor and furnishings accordingly. Because this is a prelude to your home’s interior, the porch decor should complement your foyer and/or front living spaces.


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Create a seamless transition. Create a seamless transition from your driveway and walkway to your porch by planting flowering shrubs and plants that grow as high, or slightly higher, than your porch floor. However, plants shouldn’t be high enough to impede the view. Consider blooming times and a balance of evergreens, so your porch has year-round interest. Lavender, jasmine and sweet peas are beautiful and will also emit a sweet fragrance when they bloom.


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Use containers. Container gardening is ideal for porches. Using pots and containers in varying heights and sizes, you can create a layered and interesting front porch landscape. Hanging baskets are also a visual bonus. Make sure to plant ferns, impatiens and other shade-loving plants.

Contact Lifescape Colorado for professional front yard landscape design ideas for your porch. We also offer year-round landscape maintenance to keep your yard looking its best.