Posts Tagged ‘landscape’

Old sign letters create new art – designing on a budget

Practically free art that’s really cool…

Recently I had the opportunity to give a 15 year old teen boy a bedroom makeover.  If anyone was deserving of such a makeover, it was Van.  His family is faced with a lot of challenges (his parents are legally blind and his sister has Down Syndrome).  We wanted to give him a dream room so that he had a special place to hang out with friends and enjoy alone time.  To learn more about the project visit the  McLean Makeover page on Exterior Spaces‘ web site.

My special project for his room was spelling the word, “Skate” on his wall.  Sounds simple, but let me tell you, that’s what made the room awesome.  My son’s uncle owns RBI Sign Installation & Service, so I sent him over to his uncle’s shop to look for old letters.  An hour later he sent me the picture below.  I was so excited!  The letters were perfect.  The S, k, e were old letters from a Perkins sign and the A T were from an old Weight Watchers sign.  I couldn’t wait for him to bring home the letters so I could get started.

All for the price of two cans of paint, we were able to create a unique art piece leaving all of Van’s skater friends wishing their room was as cool as his.  Words cannot describe Van’s reaction when he saw his room.  The big hug I received seconds after he saw it confirmed his love for his new room.  When I saw him the next day he told me that he couldn’t sleep the night before because he couldn’t stop staring at his new room.  It goes to show that something so simple, can go a long way.

Being involved in the community is important to Exterior Spaces.  We strive to use our talents to help others in need.   Over the years we have learned that helping someone makes us feel really good inside and puts a warm happy glow on the outside.  We strongly believe that helping someone creates a rippled affect of positive things in many peoples lives.  One thing is for sure, this makeover changed our lives.


Designed to Care… Designing for a cause.

Located in Cary, NC,  Designed to Care is a community outreach division of created by Exterior Spaces and our partner Designed to Sold.  We formed Designed to Care with the intention of using our passions of interior and landscape design to give deserving families home makeovers.

Our first home makeover project has been scheduled!

We are pleased to announce that we have found a Raleigh, NC family in great need of a home makeover.

Everything from appliances, shrubs, paint, skilled labor, and much more is needed…

Visit the Designed To Care Web Site for more details.

A picture is worth a thousand words…

This couldn’t be more true for a landscape architect trying to convey their design intentions.  Often it is hard for the untrained eye to look at a 2D/plan view drawing and really understand what the space will look and feel like when the hardscape and plantings have been installed.  That is why rendering with actual photos of the space is such a valuable tool.  Here are just a few quick renderings Exterior Spaces recently completed for a client.  Pictures are just one of many tools Exterior Spacesuses to help our clients experience their landscape dreams.

Backyard Before Design Visualization

Backyard After Design Visualization

Backyard Before Design Visualization

Backyard After Design Visualization

Before Design Visualization

After Design Visualization