Takeaways for your own home
The price tag for Lifescape Associates’ Polo Club Villa landscaping: approximately $250,000. Though many homeowners won’t invest a quarter million in their landscape, the project offers valuable tips applicable to any price point. • To add instant patina and character, shop for antique elements of design: gates, columns, garden furniture and planters. • To conserve mature trees, avoid adding nonpermeable concrete surfaces that prevent air and water from reaching roots. • To keep a structure grounded during winter, plant plenty of evergreens. • To unify interior and exterior designs, create inviting outdoor vignettes visible from indoors. • To create synergy when working with professionals such as an architect, an interior decorator and a landscape designer, convene the team as early as possible to solidify a single vision and avoid piecing together disparate ideas later.