Governor’s Square Condos; Salt Lake City, UT

VODA’s been working with the homeowners association for the Governor’s Square Condos in the Marmalade neighborhood of Salt Lake City for several months on a landscape rehabilitation project.  With the building approaching 50 years in age, the landscape was beginning to show its age as well. Several important updates had been completed on the building[…]

In Progress: Jefferson Street Urban Infill; Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City’s urban core is undergoing a renaissance of sorts–with increased interest in reusing under-utilized properties for commercial or residential projects. VODA’s been working on landscape design for a residential project in the transit-oriented development area around the  900 South TRAX light-rail station.   With a client looking for a modern style and sustainable energy[…]

Federal Heights Residence; Salt Lake City, UT

With a Japanese style garden beginning to show its age, the client enlisted VODA  to design a clean, updated zen garden for their Federal Heights home.  Focusing on concepts of simplicity, asymmetry, and clean lines, the new garden design re-imagines the use of a small space.  VODA used local and adaptive materials such as dark[…]

Great Place Wednesday: Old Town San Diego, CA

This summer I spent a week in the San Diego area, my first visit there in many years. We spent an afternoon exploring San Diego’s Old Town, which is truly a great place: San Diego’s Old Town is unique in that it was basically abandoned for a more strategic site for the city, a few[…]

In Progress: Frog Bench Farms

Despite the weather turning wet and cold, things are still progressing on an exciting project here in Salt Lake City that VODA’s been working on for more than a year.   Located in the foothills of Salt Lake, this project is spearheaded by a couple of visionaries working to develop a new residence and urban farm.[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Design Your Neighborhood for Living (not driving).

For 50 years America has been conducting an experiment in urban planning–designing all of our cities around the needs of automobiles. Lots of “free” parking, lots of highways, and lots of fuel subsidies to keep cars fed.  I think we can all agree that this experiment is coming to an end, and nearly every community[…]

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. […]

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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