Client Need

Whitefish Bay is a sought-after Northshore community featuring pedestrian-friendly sidewalks. The front entry walk on this home came off of the driveway, which was nearly impassable if a car was parked outside, leaving no connection between the city sidewalk and the front door. Because patio space is a premium on these tight village lots, a front entry terrace was desired.

The spacious new terrace and front walk of clay paver and bluestone inlay compliment the home and are in keeping with earlier upgrades in the rear yard.

Favorite Element

The garden walls provide a touch of privacy from the active neighborhood of dog walkers, bikers and strolling pedestrians. Built at a comfortable seating height, it is topped with a flat bluestone cap, offering plenty of additional casual seating above and beyond the terrace furnishings.

The coach lights at the ends of the garden wall invite you into the owner’s semi-private space and help light the step up.

Bonus

The concrete drive was widened to accommodate two car widths.

Biggest Challenge

The Village of Whitefish Bay was replacing underground utilities and pouring new concrete curb and roadways throughout most of the project, so parking and maneuvering cars and trucks was tough.

Final Thoughts

The house is now beautifully presented from the road and movement from the sidewalk to the front entry is effortless.

Valuable Participants

Jeff Valenta, Cory Reger and David Kaminski

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Outdoor Family Room
This compact Whitefish Bay yard was in need of a total renovation after a new family room addition.
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Taking the Plunge
Removal of a no longer needed swimming pool, opened up the backyard for many new features including a custom built bar and pergola and easy to use gas fire pit for chilly nights.
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A Fragrant June
This Mequon landscape designed and built in 2005 includes many special features including a spectacular rose garden. 13 years of Landscape management has allowed its owner and technicians to witness the beauty of a maturing landscape.