Westminster Residence; Salt Lake City, UT

VODA worked with the client to create a landscape master plan for long-term implementation.  With the owner working on a home addition and garage remodel, the team worked together to craft a plan that would include all the design elements needed in order to maximize the small home lot.  These included a large new patio[…]

In Progress: Avenues Residence

Its always exciting to see progress made in Designing Great Places. I dropped by a residential landscape project that VODA recently completed design on, where construction is progressing.  While the Avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake is known for its great architecture, its also known for tiny home lots.  We had to maximize every square inch[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Salt Lake City Library

Here at VODA, we aspire to help our clients design great places.  Whether its a private residence or a community general plan, we use our design experience and policy understanding to craft great places of many different sizes.  We’ve seen great places all over the world, and are starting a weekly “Great Place Wednesday” to[…]

A Day at Ninth & Ninth Street Festival

VODA spent a beautiful, sunny Saturday at a booth at the annual Ninth & Ninth Street Festival in Salt Lake City last weekend. Less than five minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, the “Ninth and Ninth” neighborhood is known for being a hub of local businesses, restaurants, and is one of the most “walkable” neighborhoods[…]

U Street Residence; Salt Lake City, UT

With a small and poorly organized backyard in Salt Lake City’s Avenue’s neighborhood, the client needed to rethink how the space was to be used. VODA worked closely with the client to design spaces that would be of the most use to them, including two outdoor patio spaces, large seating steps connecting the upper and[…]

Plant of the Week: Red Tip Photinia

I didn’t discover photinia until this year–a random find at Millcreek Gardens at the beginning of summer. This gorgeous shrub is a broadleaf evergreen, with a dark green, waxy leaf. New growth is bright red, giving the plant a really distinct look in spring and summer, and a sharp contrast from all the green out[…]

Plant of the Week: Purple Sage

I saw this plant for the first time in my friend Katie’s backyard, and now I’m seeing it everywhere! Salvia officinalis ”Purpurea” or “Purple Sage” is an ideal border plant for the Rocky Mountain climate. It thrives in dry climates, needs little maintenance, provides a strong fragrance, has a long blooming season, and its purple[…]

Rowhaus Residence; Salt Lake City, UT

Working with a very small space can often encourage more efficient use of precious square footage. With an outdoor space measuring only 22 feet by 24 feet, every inch was important for the client of this Rowhaus Residence. VODA designed a simple, modern space, with clean lines, reflective of the Bauhaus aesthetic of these townhomes. […]

Cities + Parks =Economic Development

Cities are made livable by their parks and open spaces. Known as one of the densest cities in the world, New York City is famed for its grand Central Park, which is skirted by some of the most expensive real estate on the planet.  A lesser known park project in NYC, the Highline has had[…]

Frog Bench Farms Groundbreaking!

On May 11, 2011 VODA took part in the much anticipated groundbreaking for Frog Bench Farms, a new urban farm project on the east bench of the Salt Lake Valley.  Already a year in planning, this project will include agricultural production facilities in the heart of Salt Lake City.  With food production increasingly at the[…]

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Stromquist Residence (“Crystalwood”); Bountiful, UT

In 2004 VODA directed the landscape rehabilitation for one of Utah’s most unique Mid-Century modern homes. Designed in the late 1950’s by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Stromquist residence is one of the last projects Wright designed, and is Utah’s only Wright creation. Finished after Wright’s death, the home has had a fascinating history, and was returned to the original homebuilder’s ownership in 1999, Mr. Don Stromquist.

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