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Stormwater A with Style Manageme n t Solution By Andrew Soto, LC/DBM 40 LC DBM Above A recessed transition zone sepa- rates the two concrete segments of the courtyard. The transition area is lined with fabric and filled with polished beach pebbles, buff stepping stones and accent boulders. Café lights were acquired from Luminera out of Longmont, Colo. and installed above the courtyard. T The owners of a Boulder, Colo., resi- dence hired TLC Gardens, LLC, to build them a backyard living space in an area with stormwater management problems. A complete drainage system, concrete pav - ing, seatwalls, and custom water feature were installed to create an intimate out - door living space. TLC Gardens is a full service landscape firm offering design, build and mainte - nance services. The Colorado company is led by Cheri Stringer, APLD, owner and lead designer. The firm specializes in proj - ects ranging in size and complexity from small residential landscapes to large es - tates. This work has earned TLC Gardens the experience to tackle a wide variety of project styles and build restrictions while partnering and fostering relationships with others in the landscape industry. "We are the GC on all our projects and our landscape construction partners are part of our integral team in producing our finished product," said Stringer. "Our con - struction partners are so much more than subcontractors we prefer to identify their commitment to our team with the term, 'landscape construction partner.'" Digging In The project goal was to create a sustain - able landscape solution for the home's expansive backyard by installing proper drainage in an area prone to flooding. To that end Stringer and her landscape con - struction partners, transformed a 1,200 square foot area between the garage and main structure into a space for outdoor liv - ing and water management. The team began by excavating down A Courtyard Built to Manage Stormwater Left TLC Gardens, LLC, of Boulder, Colo., designed and built an outdoor patio for a home with a stormwater management problem area. Concrete paving, seatwalls that double as planters, a custom water feature and fully functional drainage were installed over the course of several months to cre- ate an urban courtyard.