Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2014

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38 LC DBM hat a great use of space!" Landscapers beam with pride when they hear this comment after complet- ing a job because it typically means they have managed to include a ton of features, furni- ture and fixtures while avoiding an outcome that looks cramped or cluttered. However, the challenge with this backyard in Bergen County, N.J., was different. The homeowner, Kim Granatell of "The Real House- wives of New Jersey" fame, had an overabundance of space to work with but was concerned that the improvements she envisioned might make the vast expanse behind her already imposing house too gran- diose and impersonal. She was on a mission to recreate the comfort and intimacy of a smaller space. "This was a renovation project," Granatell reveals. "I did have a pool and fire pit, but that was it, so it's very different now. I changed it because I never liked it from day one and I always knew I was going to change it." To make her desire a reality, Granatell relied on Ryder Landscap- ing Design of Unionville, N.Y. She already had architectural plans drawn up for the new backyard landscape when she first contacted Ryder. This included completely replacing the existing pool. "I thought the pool was amazing and quickly suggested that the pool be renovated and restored instead of replacing it," said Darren Ryder, owner of the landscape company. Not being particularly taken by the plans, Ryder requested to pres- ent some new ideas. Granatell agreed so he quickly created a digital image design and shared it with her. "She was thrilled," Ryder remembers. "She then spent some time discussing with me some ideas of her own to add to my images." Renovation By Vanessa Angell, Techo-Bloc A Well Composed 038-043.indd 38 2/27/14 11:07 AM

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