Retirement Plan

By Reflections Water Gardens

An irresistible oasis greets this northwest suburban couple when they open the door on their 3.29-acre property. Retired and a master gardener, our client asked for an irresistible space to tend her favorite perennials, shrubs and water plants, as well as a natural environment to enjoy with her husband and three dogs. Her retirement plan was to relax, watch birds, observe aquatic life, swim and entertain year-round. To accomplish this, we renovated an existing 5,000-square-foot pond, which retained water runoff, and designed and built a custom water feature including a 3-foot waterfall, separate water lily and lotus beds, an aspen inlet, perimeter path and sand beach. Our design included a Chicago Botanic Garden-inspired zig-zag bridge and deck, four-season gazebo and cottage-style barn for the pond’s mechanicals, including a new 2,500 square foot filter. Enter the pond by the beach on one side and by limestone slab steps on the other.