This Kitsilano landscape design project started out as a typical builder special, where it was apparent that no real thought by the builder had been put into the landscape space. Drainage was a major problem, as well as privacy. There was little useable outdoor living space, as well as no draw to pull you out into the garden. The clients wanted a somewhat traditional perennial garden with some architectural interest and features and didn’t want to make the space feel even smaller than it was. This was the main challenge of fitting these types of features into a small townhouse garden space in Vancouver yet still allowing it to be functional and inviting.
This Kitsilano garden design focused on a very curvilinear approach to the space to allow it flow and function with the addition of a few architectural elements. Pergola structures were proposed for the perimeter to help define the space as well as provide additional privacy. A central curved raised herb garden was designed that provides separation for the patio space and the garden areas, as well as a backdrop for the patio. Steps leading out of the garage were curved as well to tie in with the overall curvilinear theme that carries on through the planting beds as well. A large mirror was proposed for the back wall of the garden to give depth to the space making it feel more spacious. A lighting design layout was drawn on the landscape design plans as the clients wanted to maximize their investment allowing the garden to be visible from the residence at night and functional to entertain into the evening.
The Kitsilano garden design is now complete with an amazing before and after transformation. Even with the addition of multiple architectural elements, the space feels open and inviting. The pergola structures add a strong architectural element while also improving privacy and definition to the space. The curved herb planter creates a backdrop and separation from the gardens, and the various scents are a welcome addition to the overall experience while enjoying a morning coffee or evening glass of wine. The curvilinear theme allows all of the features to flow together as well as fit in the tight confines of this Kitsilano garden design. Natural stepping stones provide pathways throughout the garden laid amongst soft moss ground cover. The clients now feel immersed in their personal outdoor sanctuary, relaxed with the added privacy, and are enjoying the calming aesthetic that the garden now provides. The landscape lighting design draws them out onto the patio in the evenings for a glass of wine, or even just for enjoyment from the interior of their home.