DALLAS, TX – Lambert Landscape Company of Dallas is among the Grand Award winners of the 2013 National Landscape Awards of Excellence (formerly the Environmental Improvement Awards). The awards are given annually by PLANET (Professional Landcare Network) and will be handed out on October 25 during the association’s award dinner held each year at the Green Industry Conference in Louisville, Ky.
The National Landscape Awards of Excellence recognizes exceptional landscape projects across the country in areas of design-build, maintenance and environmental renewal.
Lambert’s received PLANET’s highest honors—Grand awards for two residential gardens. Both homes are in Dallas and were undergoing extensive renovations, says Paul Fields, Lambert’s President and senior Landscape Architect. “The two projects, departed from there…each had specific challenges, direction and a different vision.”
A Garden Room
“Our spirited, fun-loving owner of the first project had a vision for transforming an existing traditional zero lot line garden into an intrinsic modern space for relaxation and entertaining,” says Fields. To enlarge the outdoor space, the intent was to create a seamless transition between the interior and exterior. Working closely with the interior designer, Lambert’s was able to carry the vision of a clean, modern style that reflected elements of the client’s favorite vacation destination.
An improper foundation on the stone terrace that was discovered led to the use of materials more appropriate to the new design aesthetic. A split-face native stone fountain wall with copper scuppers became the focal point from the main living room. Custom-designed Ipe wood benches helped maximize space, the owner’s swim spa was lowered so that it was flush with the finished grade, and the neighbor’s bare brick wall was transformed by layered evergreen and hardscape walls and custom raised planter beds.
Classic Contemporary Retreat B
The clients enjoyed their outdoor spaces daily with family and friends. “Unfortunately, the existing small loggia terrace, the curvilinear pool and the water feature did not reflect the architecture of the home and were awkwardly located too closely to the home and were out of scale,” Fields says.
This also presented an unusual challenge and opportunity for Lambert’s—one-half acre of forgotten green space which was hidden away behind existing plantings and a pile-of-rocks waterfall. The challenges were to build an outdoor space that extended the home’s interior into the outdoors and to create spaces for entertainment of groups as small as friends and family swim parties to large corporate events of 150 people.
The intent of the landscape design was to integrate the new landscape seamlessly into the architecture of the house. The role of landscape architect evolved into that of an architectural designer in designing everything from the steel structure down to the wood trim of the coffered ceilings in the new loggia.
“The result? It was a grand design vision that respected our clients’ requests but still paid tribute to the existing architecture and land form,” says Fields.