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Landscaping Projects... Kemora Has You Covered

Landscaping projects by Kemora Landscapes make your projects complete. To truly complete your space to your vision, a lot of care and detail must be put into those landscaping projects. Whether your space is getting an upgraded patio with walkways and retaining walls or is in need of some new construction of window boxes or a new pergola, Kemora Landscapes has the experience, knowledge, and sourcing to make those things happen. Our landscaping projects also include plants, water features, gates, cooking areas, and much, much more!

Patios, Driveways, & Walkways

Patios, driveways, and walkways provide structural elements to shape your outdoor space around. The variety of materials that are available can create a truly unique look and feel too! Whether you are looking for a rustic retreat with irregular flagstone, or a clean, contemporary space to enjoy your morning coffee, your Kemora designer can help you find materials that set your space apart and create an inviting outdoor oasis.

What is hardscaping?

Hardscaping, or Hardscapes, is any of the hard elements that define the space. This includes patios, retaining or sitting walls, fire pits, planting bed border stones, grill units, and more. How you would like to use these spaces can help drive the shape and size requirements to make them work best in your space. We, at Kemora, have many years of experience in designing and installing hardscaping into outdoor spaces.

How do you determine the final look of my project?

Images are a great way to determine the look and feel you want your space to reflect. Your Kemora designer can provide you with images if you aren’t sure. You are also welcome to send images and ideas to your designer to help guide them towards your vision of the space. Material choices can direct the final look quite a bit. Kemora designers work with a variety of materials from natural stone to concrete and clay pavers; even ceramic tile.

Plantings / Plants

Plantings, or Plants, are a great way to compliment and complete the look and feel of the space. Once larger elements like walkways, patios, and pergolas are in place, plants can then be brought into the fold. Trees and shrubs are often the main elements that give structure to planted spaces. These are the larger elements that can be evergreen, flowering, used for screening, or just elements that create variety by adding height. Perennials are plants that come back year after year. Perennials typically have a window of time during the season where they flower or look their best and then go into dormancy for the winter season. Whatever plants you choose, they will soften the space and increase your enjoyment of it!

Why are plants important to my yard?

Hardscaped spaces usually need somewhere to drain and having too many hardscaped areas, especially in urban areas can cause flooding. Plants and planting bed areas help absorb much of this water. They also visually soften the space and make them more inviting to people. Additionally, there are a variety of different shapes, sizes, textures, and colors of plants that can work in almost any space. Plants will definitely help create a nice complement to your home or garage.

How do I know what type of plants I need for my yard?

Your Kemora landscape designer can help you decide what look, feel, shape, and size of your plants. You want to be sure the plants you select work best for your particular yard and how you intend to use the space. Whether it’s clean, simple, and contemporary or English garden style with color and variety, we’re here to be your guide!

Why are bees and other bugs helpful to have in my landscape?

Sometimes clients are concerned about having plants that attract bees where they like to sit or have their children play. Having bees and other pollinating insects in the garden is actually a good thing. The truth is these insects are very beneficial to have as part of your garden. They are essential to the health of the ecosystem in your yard and neighborhood while many types have very little interest in bothering humans. They help to increase flower or fruit production of your flowering plants and vegetable gardens. So, allowing bees and pollinating insects to frequent your outdoor space will have positive effects on the ecosystem of your yard and beyond.

Retaining Walls & Stairs

Retaining walls and/or stairs can help solve a variety of issues with your outdoor spaces. Whether you have issues with water, grade changes, or simply want an additional visual element, retaining walls or stairs can accomplish this. They can create more variety, height, and act as an informal seating space at times. Like patios and walkways, there are a variety of materials available from wood timbers to natural stone. These materials can be used to create raised gardens or seating spaces that complement the rest of your outdoor elements. They can also provide a transition from one space to the next.

What is a retaining wall?

A retaining wall can be a variety of materials from wood to natural stone. They are typically used to retain a soil area that is not flat or to provide a built-in seating element for your space. These are often used to help control erosion and drainage and can provide casual seating around a fire pit or outdoor dining area.

Features & Focal Points

Features and focal points are a great way to enhance your outdoor space. Features and focal points are the next step if you already have the basics of patios and planting beds in place. Adding these will create an entertainment spot that elevates your outdoor space. Some ways to do this include adding features or focal points such as an outdoor kitchen, grill unit, gas or wood-burning fire pit, or water feature. These elements can extend your time spent outdoors during cooler weather months. They will also increase the comfort and enjoyment of your space during warm months.

What type of features and focal points does Kemora build?

Kemora landscape designers and installation crews have experience building a variety of features and focal points including grill units, outdoor kitchens and cooking areas, gas fire pits, wood-burning fire pits, fireplaces, basic fountain water features, and outdoor art pieces. We will work with you to determine what is best suited for your space based on size, season, surroundings, and your aesthetic and vision for the space.

What is involved with building a grill unit or outdoor kitchen?

The first step is to choose what features you would like to include. Some options for this are grills, cabinets, trash bins, drink coolers, sinks, pizza ovens, and refrigerator/freezers. This will help your Kemora designer determine if you need gas, electric, or water lines added to the space. Your designer can provide appliance suppliers to select from and visit as needed. We will coordinate the subcontractors who will run the utilities to your unit and the crew who will build the structures. Once completed, all you need to do is invite some friends over and enjoy!

Seasonal Rotations

Seasonal rotations include flowering annuals, plants, and decor. All of these are a great way to provide ongoing rotations of color to further enhance the look and feel of your space throughout the changing of seasons. Holidays are an especially popular time to add an extra pop of color to an existing garden area or container. Perennial plants cycle in and out of flower; these plants can be used to decorate your front door, roof deck, patio, vegetable gardens, and beyond. Our team of seasonal rotation designers creates designs with annuals for Chicago businesses, homes, and highrises. Leave it to us at Kemora to find a creative solution to beautify any space!

What is the difference between a seasonal rotation and regular planting?

Trees, perennials, and shrubs typically have one window of time during the season where they flower and look their best and then cycle out of flower. Seasonal rotations typically involve annual flowers which do not come back after the winter but provide more ongoing color through each season. They can be displayed in the ground or in containers. Our seasonal rotation designers are out each of the four seasons rotating these plants to provide a burst of color for that particular season to fit the specific needs of the space, the time of year, and the client.

What information does my seasonal rotation designer need?

Before starting any displays of seasonal rotations, if you have colors that you like or do not like, or if you want either simple or lots of variety to your annuals, you are welcome to specify this to your Kemora designer. They will also need to know which seasons you are interested in signing up for as well as what the look and feel it is that you're going for. All of this is taken into account by our Seasonal Rotations designers who then execute those designs and beautify your outdoor space.

Do I have to sign up for every season?

Our seasonal rotations designers can put together beautiful displays for every season and transition between as well. Some of our clients enjoy the rotation at each season, while others only choose to do summer and winter seasonal rotation displays. It really depends on what you, the client, needs and wants when it comes to the beautification of the space.

How long will these seasonal rotations displays last?

Spring and fall seasonal rotations are typically shorter installations than the summer and winter. The plants used for those seasons do better in a cooler temperature range and once temperatures grow warm or cold, they will need to be changed out.

Do you provide pots?

Kemora often purchases and installs pots and planters for clients as requested. Please provide an idea of the type, look, and size you’d like and we can give recommendations and pricing to you.

Carpentry & Structures

Carpentry and structures might be the answer you've been needing for your outdoor space! Especially if you have the basic landscape elements in your yard already but find that you can't really enjoy using them for various reasons. We can create some additional elements to complete and personalize your outdoor space. Wood or metal structures like pergolas can block the sun while also adding an attractive structure to the space. Carpentry encompasses a variety of other projects too. We work with local carpenters to create raised vegetable beds, custom window boxes, privacy screens, and can even rebuild your existing deck or relocate your deck stairs to increase the functionality and usage.

What type of carpentry projects does Kemora do?

Carpenters who work with us build pergolas, arbors, privacy screens, decks, custom gates, overhead door structures, window boxes, raised vegetable boxes, and much more. Ask your Kemora landscape designer for more information about carpentry projects and what they would recommend for you and your outdoor space.

What is a pergola?

A pergola is an overhead structure intended to reduce the amount of sun to the area. Many customers like to put pergolas over dining and casual seating areas to make the space more comfortable on hot, sunny days. Pergolas range in size and type from small and traditional to large and contemporary. Your Kemora landscape designer has experience and additional information, including images of pergola designs.