I recently had some free time so I thought I would do a series of perspective renderings for a recent residential master plan in Springfield. While the plan was already completed in plan view I do think perspectives help everyone understand more clearly the proposed massing and spaces.
Although their website is sorely lacking in aesthetics, the containers certainly are not. I was introduced to Duracraft garden planters through a good friend (and excellent designer) Jason Dengler of Wildwood Landscapes.
Let’s be honest; the vast majority of ‘fake’ planters and outdoor containers look just that: Fake. Fiberglass, blown plastic, various concrete castings, they all can look pretty awful and none of them age well. Duracraft containers are a notable exception: They are bonded fiberglass and resin castings in which the gel coat is completely suffused with metallic powders (such as bronze). The end reult being a gorgeous metallic finish which does not scratch off, peel, flake, delaminate, etc. AND which patinas over time in the same ways a solid bronze piece would. While not inexpensive, they’re substantially less expensive than worked or poured bronze. I’ve spec’d these now for several designs and they are just wonderful additions. Here are some of my favorites:
Some early conceptual work. These are very much ‘getting ready to get ready’ drawings used to flesh out and decide on desired elements before moving forward with the formal design (which would include plan views and construction documents).
My years in bonsai and Japanese style gardening leaves me feeling like I have something to contribute to the discussion when one is addressing corrective pruning in old deciduous specimen trees. Please let me know what you think!