Before & After: Virginia Poolhouse Garden

before and after garden pool poolhouse steps makeover

before and after garden pool poolhouse steps makeover

This before and after has so many great insider lessons to learn from.  To look at the before, I suspect many people would not think this is too bad.  But the after is so much better.  Obviously there is the addition of the pool house, but I think even without that the change would be interesting.  Want to know the tricks that make this work?

before and after garden pool poolhouse steps makeover

before and after garden pool poolhouse steps makeover

1) The steps.  Before they were quite tight and compact but being rebuilt they have a lot more room to breath, are more comfortable to use and simply look more natural.

before and after garden pool poolhouse steps makeover

2) Plants, Plants, Plants.  Too much hardscaping (the love of so many contractors) is simply too much hardscaping.  This makeover spreads things out, letting elevation changes work themselves out with slopes rather than walls.  Walls don’t need to be so tall and over bearing and plants hold the land and provide a softness and interest that is always better that hardscaping.

before and after garden pool poolhouse steps makeover

3) The use of boulders and natural shaped stone can help any paved area to transition into planting.  The naturalized look is very useful for blending and creating interest where there isn’t any.   I find this technique particularly helpful when dealing with gardens around McMansion homes in neighborhoods where developers have unfortunately strip mined the land before commencing construction.

before and after garden pool poolhouse steps makeover

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

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