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Design & Build Process


Karen Pirello and her daughter Mary were dealing with a front porch. It was unlivable becused of cracked and sinking concrete. The front porch area was plagued by multiple styles of hardscape materials that were packed around an old concrete pad. The front lawn soil was so poor that grass would grow, even with tons of water. Karen had the soil tested by the University of Colorado. They confirmed what she already suspected, the soil was completely dead. 

To compensate Mary had placed small boulders, several plants, and a few trees around the yard. With that intention they knew their front hard had potential  and could become a beautiful and usable outdoor space. If they only had a plan.

After seeing our ad in The Home Mag, Karen reached out. Matt Merki, one of our Landscape Imagmineers, talked with Karen and booked an initial free consultation. Matt listened to their cares and design ideas and offered to come back with a plan that answered all their questions and concerns. A design that put on paper what Karen and her family had in mind.


The plan presented was exactly what they had in mind. The next step was to answer their questions, tweak the plan and consider the construction phase.

Creating a new outdoor environment in their front yard is exactly what Karen and her family really wanted.

I wanted a real lawn, a place where I could sit and watch the sunset. A little piece of the mountains in my front yard. An environment that would welcome pollinators and birds. I knew I had the basics for all those things in our yard, I just didn’t know how to get it accomplished.
Karen Pirello

After walking the front and back yard with Matt the Pirello’s determined their design priorities and how best to work within their budget. Considering the overall scope of landscape renovation it was decided to phase the project over two years. This year would focus on the front yard.

In addition to the aesthetics there were functional aspects, like the cracked front entry steps and the disconnected front entry pillar that needed to be addressed. Karen and her family landed on the idea of creating an expansive front porch area. Walkways that provided easy access to the home’s entry as well as access between the front and backyards were planned. The environment was also carefully considered, reducing the lawn area to reduce water use. Accenting the mature trees creating a more engaging outdoor living experience, were extremely important to Karen and her family.

When Matt came and we were explaining our design ideas, we weren’t really sure what we even wanted, but we gave him the general ideas of the layout and what we would like to see with grass and rocks and plants. And he took what we had in our brain and was able to get it into reality and make it a beautiful end design that we didn’t even know could exist.
Mary Pirello


The Pirello’s were happy with the speed and quality of the construction. Additions and minor changes to the design were incorporated during construction but that did not slow down the project.  The complete design and renovation of their front yard outdoor living space was completed in two weeks from beginning to end. 

The work included an expansive new porch, pathway to the back, moving a gate, bringing in tons of boulders, enhanced soil, new sod, new trees, irrigation, outdoor lighting and more.

And the crew who came here every day and worked, they were so skilled. They were courteous. They were hard workers, Pepe, Ezechiel, Omar, just great guys, just great guys! They did wonderful work for us.
Karen Pirello

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Let’s Collaborate!

Our Collaborators

Bruce Wilhelm – Landscape Imagineer

Bruce and his family have been involved in the Denver landscape industry since his grandfather started a tree service in 1936. Today he is inspired to help homeowners realize their dream yard. Through careful collaboration on all of the details he listens carefully to lifestyle needs, budgets and landscape preference and works with each client until, together, they get to the point where everything works. He’s excited to work with you to imagine and create your landscape

 Call Bruce at 303-997-2298

Matt Merki – Landscape Dreamer

Matt has been a designer for over 20 years with a broad field of experience in many fields. As a graphic designer, Matt’s sense of layout and design made it an easy transition into landscape design. His passion for creating outdoor living spaces that fit the needs of clients makes him a valuable part of the Outdoor Design Colorado team. Matt looks at all aspects of a project from hardscape to landscape, plant selection with an emphasis on xeriscape, and works with our team on irrigation and drainage issues. Working within their budgetary and lifestyle needs are primary components to creating a dream landscape that becomes an integral part of each clients dream.

 Call Matt at 720-583-9330

Livability Guarantee


You will be living with your landscape for many years. From our perspective, it needs to work right. That means that things like the rainwater needs to drain properly, steps are comfortable, and that there’s enough room on your patio to comfortably use your table and chairs. Bottom line, we pay attention to all the little details. And, we promise, we won’t let you make a mistake.

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Feel free to contact us over the phone. We will be happy to start a conversation.

  303 444 3795