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Lawrence residents create outdoor entertaining space

July 20, 2009

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Gail and Kevan Vick have incrementally     transformed their Lawrence property’s       exterior, featuring      extensive landscaping and outdoor additions such as a stone fireplace.

Gail and Kevan Vick have incrementally transformed their Lawrence property’s exterior, featuring extensive landscaping and outdoor additions such as a stone fireplace.

Incrementally, Gail and Kevan Vick have completely transformed the exterior spaces of their west Lawrence home.

Welcoming lampposts greet visitors at the street level, inviting them up the steps and along a winding brick path toward the home’s front door. An attractive courtyard fronts the house and offers seating among beds that boast pink Knockout roses, lamb’s ear, hydrangeas and a host of evergreens.

“Know who you are” is Gail Vick’s advice on selecting plants. As someone who enjoys being outside but doesn’t want to be a slave to her gardens, she makes landscaping choices accordingly.

Fans of outdoor entertaining, the Vicks recently converted their backyard into a functional oasis.

A multilevel deck features fashionable, comfortable seating and ambient lighting. The soothing sounds of a nearby waterfall draw the eye to a lush lily pond, a father-son installation project.

A formidable stone fireplace, nestled in a corner of the patio, expands the seasonal use of the living space.

Desert cream flagstone complements an extensive outdoor kitchen that includes a workhorse-sized grill, refrigerator, sink and considerable storage space. This area is protected from the elements by a copper-roofed overhang with recessed task lighting.

A bar area is topped with European tiles, reflective of the homeowners’ fondness for French country influences.

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Comments

lounger 5 years, 10 months ago

Are these new plants native to kansas?? Do they use pesticides and chemical fertilizers? Beauty is one thing but responsibility is another. This looks pretty but if its not done green or responsible then what is the point?

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