AOL and GardenWise on Winter Curb Appeal

 

AOL’s DIY Life and GardenWise offer up tips and ideas on how to improve Curb Appeal during winter in a January 20, 2011 feature story.  We were pleased to have the opportunity to work with  DIY Life writer Francesca Clark,  and below are our tips and ideas from AOL                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You can read the story in its entirety at AOL – http://aol.it/dQMuPi 
“Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean it’s time to stop maintaining the front of your house. Winter curb appeal can take on its own delightful characteristics; you just need to know what you’re doing and be deliberate about it.  
 
Who better to guide us on landscape design and curb appeal than J. Mark White, Landscape Architect and President of DC-based GardenWise, Inc. who appears on HGTV’s Curb Appeal.       
 
Frame your garden. Use clean and attractive borders. According to Mark, “landscape borders play an important role in a home’s curb appeal — whether we’re talking about the whole yard or just a planting bed; a defined area catches the eye more readily than one that is indistinguishable.” Various curbing materials such as concrete, brick, stone and slate add definition to your garden area and help it look tidy even in the winter months. 

Utilize Outdoor Lighting – Lighting is always important, but it is even more crucial on dark winter nights. Landscape lighting is practical, as it extends the use of your front yard into into the evening hours, and allows for safe passage for you and your guests. It is also a very purposeful design choice.  Mark suggests that new LED lighting focused on some of your front garden accents can significantly change your home’s evening appeal. The right lighting will make your house a warm gem that stands apart from the others on chilly winter evenings. ”                                                                      
                                                                                                                  .  Tip: Mark says, “Repeated use of rock salt to melt ice will damage and kill plants, and ruin an important part of your curb appeal. Salt will also change soil structure. If you (or your city) uses a lot of salt, be sure to thoroughly water your lawn, front flower beds, and landscape in the very early spring.” Click here for eco-friendly alternatives to rock salt.”

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Look out for GardenWise‘s J. Mark White on HGTV’s “Curb Appeal” today.    This episode, featuring Mark’s real life clients, Matt and Chris, was a lot of fun to shoot.  Mark had the chance to bring Matt to the GardenWise Studios to see the different types of flowers and plants that thrive in the Washington, D.C.-area, which is included in the episode. 

GardenWise created, designed, and installed all of the landscape, hardscape, stonework, garden accents, lighting, and custon ironwork featured in this episode of Curb Appeal.  GardenWise, Inc. also owns the rights to design work.  

Below is Mark’s plan that the GardenWise crews installed, and a before and after picture.  

 

A GardenWise, Inc. Landscape Design Plan

In addition to the new brick walls, new front walkway, all new plantings and urns, and additional lighting we designed and installed for this episode of HGTV’s Curb Appeal, the custom iron work for this Washington, DC home helped make the transformation that much more interesting.

Here is the GW design plan, with iron work details for those who asked for a closer look!   

DC’s GardenWise and J. Mark White on HGTV’s Curb Appeal May 30

Curb Appeal Tips From an HGTV’s Curb Appeal Home

Here’s a home we did for HGTV’s Curb Appeal which will air again on May 30.  The front was neglected and dilapidated, and just kind of sad, with not a single foot of garden spaces for the homeowner to enjoy.  I added hardscape and iron elements that included the lower front brick wall, a new front walkway from the curb, higher brick walls, additional lighting for safety & new front steps, which separates and protects the home from the street.  However, the most important part of this home’s new “curb appeal” can be completed by any homeowner as a weekend project.    

The multi-level planting and use of urns and topiaries which drive the eye to the front of the home is a significant feature of this home’s new appeal.  Focus is granted through the use of symmetry and you can draw attention to home entries by using taller shrubs and garden accents to flank the entry, which will inject variation where you want it most.  This was the least expensive part of the project, and the difference between before and after is significant.         

    

DC’s GardenWise, Inc. on HGTV’s CURB APPEAL

 

Look out for GardenWise‘s J. Mark White on HGTV’s “Curb Appeal” tomorrow!   This latest episode was great fun to shoot as Mark’s real life clients, Matt and Chris, are always a pleasure to work with.   Mark also had the chance to bring Matt to the GardenWise Studios to see the different types of flowers and plants that thrive in the Washington, D.C.-area, which is included in the episode. 

Mark created, designed, and installed all of the landscape, hardscape, stonework, garden accents, lighting, and custon ironwork featured in this episode of Curb Appeal.  GardenWise, Inc. also owns the rights to design work.  

Here’s an inside scoop — at the 11th hour, Mark had to reach out to Arlington, VA-based architect  Dwight McNeill, AIA, for assistance when the show’s designer just couldn’t come up with an acceptable  design.  Dwight quickly met with Chris and Matt and got to work.  He went over choices for the exterior  color palette, and  delivered  the  exact  combinations Matt and Chris  hoped to find, which are used in the episode.   Dwight didn’t receive credit on the show for his work, so we’re giving him a well  deserved  shout out for saving the day. 

For more of Dwight’s work, check out Better Homes & Gardens.     Another shout out to Furnari Iron Works, who did an amazing job in  bringing life to Mark’s iron work design. 

Below is the plan Mark designed and installed & some before/after pictures.  

  

 

Start 2010 with J. Mark White and HGTV!

Start 2010 with GardenWise, Inc. on HGTV’s signature program, Curb Appeal, on January 3 at 8AM.   Watch as Mark’s exclusive for HGTV landscape, hardscape, stonework, lighting, and iron work designs transform this outdated Washington, D.C.  home.  Be sure to keep an eye out for the beautiful iron work Mark designed that sets this home apart from all others in this Capitol Hill neighborhood.  GardenWise owns the rights to all of the design work in this episode, so feel free to ask Mark  about his work from this or other episodes he appears in on HGTV.   

GardenWise, Inc. D.C. Landscape Second August Episode of HGTV’s CURB APPEAL

GardenWise’s Second August Episode of CURB APPEAL

It’s a busy month for GardenWise as Mark is featured in his second episode of CURB APPEAL this month, airing on HGTV on Saturday, August 15th at 7PM. 

In this program, Mark creates a more classic look for homeowners Matt and Chris who wanted to put their own stamp on their home with a more open and welcoming approach.  Mark replaced the dated and uninspired entrance with a bold and broad open staircase that leads directly to the front door.  By adding a small landing at the top of the first staircase, Chris and Matt were able to add a bench to create an intimate and gracious seating area.  

The staircase continues to a new front door, and a new flagstone porch and stair treads that are highlighted by a decorative wrought iron  railing.   Furnari Iron Works did an excellent job bringing life to Mark’s iron work design which adds sophistication and elegance to the home.  Mark also created a shade garden, that includes a lot of woodland planting.  Other design elements include additional hardscape features and new retaining walls, additional landscaping, flanking piers, and new decorative lighting.

This episode was great fun to shoot as Mark’s real life clients Matt and Chris are a pleasure to work with, and Mark had the chance to bring Matt to his own home to see the different types of flowers and plants that thrive in the Washington, D.C.-area.  If you look closely, you’ll see a souvenir Mark picked up from an earlier trip to Greece — a cast!   Mark injured his foot in a motorcycle accident, and this episode was shot a few weeks after his surgery.  

Here’s an inside scoop for this episode — Mark reached out to popular Washington, D.C.-area architect Dwight McNeill, AIA, who met with the homeowners to go over choices for the exterior color palette.  Dwight’s taste is unmatched,  and  he saved the day by giving Chris and Matt the exact color combinations they hoped to find, which were used in the episode.  To see more of Dwight’s work, check out this  feature  story  from  Better Homes & Gardens   http://morris-day.com/publications/SavedByGrace-BetterHomes.pdf and his web site, http://dwightmcneill.com/ 

Below is the GardenWise, Inc. plan for the Curb Appeal of it all, as well as before and after pictures.   

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