Small-space design is tricky. With every detail on display, there’s little room for error. Northland Design’s Ryan Talbot and Jeremy Fillmore offer these design tips for creating big impact for a compact landscape.


Breaking up a yard into what Fillmore describes as “moments” gives the illusion that a space is bigger than it is, but a pathway connects the dots. “The serpentine flagstone path leading to the garden area is a reflection of the client’s personality that is fun and imaginative,” he says.


By building the patio’s brick wall and incorporating a stained-glass window from the dining room, the designers expanded the visual footprint of the home. “[It] provides a bridge from the home’s history to a lively series of urban outdoor living spaces,” Talbot says.


Keep the party going long into the evening with landscape lights. “The mural is lit from behind with color-changing, dimmable, LED FX lighting,” Fillmore says. The lighting and music is controlled via smart phone.


Dean and Tiffani rarely get a guest that won’t comment or ask questions about the metal trees or mural. “My favorite feature of the yard is a corten steel landscape screen,” Talbot says. “It tells the story of a day in the life of this Avenues community.”

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