May-June 2012 | OUT OF THE ORDINARY

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OUT OF THE ORDINARY

Coastal Style takes you on a three-stop tour of Yard Designs owner Bryan LeCompte's recent outdoor projects

Written By: Nick Brandi | Photographer: Stephen Cherry

You’d think that after 26 years of designing and executing many of the Eastern Shore’s most spectacular residential landscapes, Bryan LeCompte of Yard Designs would have run out of fresh ideas. Yet even a cursory look at his recent work reveals that this is hardly the case. Instead, LeCompte continues to find brand-new ways to push the envelope of outdoor creativity and exclusivity for a myriad of residents along the Delmarva Peninsula—to the point where one could legitimately say that the grass is always greener 
wherever Yard Designs has been.
 
 
WHAT THEY DO
For all the accolades Yard Designs has received over the years as an all-purpose landscaper that also does sod and irrigation, the truth is, LeCompte has a greater talent for hardscape design, including driveways, walkways, patios, fireplaces, pizza ovens and firepits (either wood-burning or gas). And you don’t need to go anywhere else when it comes time to showcase your outdoor masterpiece with some appropriate lighting, as Yard Designs routinely does that, too.
 
But in LeCompte’s chest ultimately beats the heart of a landscape architect, which comes as no surprise to anyone who’s really inspected his work. So, he is eminently capable of creating the ultimate outdoor residential experience, which also includes custom-designed and handcrafted structures such as trellises, pavilions, pergolas, bars, showers, gazebos and arbors, using only industry-leading materials.
 
 
OXFORD RESIDENCE
For one lucky Oxford resident, LeCompte crafted a custom-designed outdoor fireplace with a natural-fieldstone exterior finish and custom precast design pieces with the woodboxes, whose tops feature limestone treads, as does the hearth. The magnificent structure overlooks an expansive patio with all-natural bluestone pavers and a sumptuous pool 
accented with coping that consists of  2-inch bluestone treads. For the surrounding property, LeCompte opted for a classic landscape design to evoke the old-world heritage for which Oxford is known.
 
 
TRADITIONAL ELEGANCE
Just as LeCompte channeled the ambiance of the area into the landscape of his Oxford project, he decided to go for a blend of classic and modern tones for this particular Eastern Shore resident. For the home’s frontage, Bryan chose Belgian Blue/Basalt pavers for the driveway, which cleaves a pastoral, relaxed-feeling front yard that is accented by all-new landscape lighting.
 
The backyard of   this beautiful property meanwhile, was renovated from, well, the ground up, featuring custom-installed natural-cleft bluestone throughout. Glazed and cast-iron pots provide earthy accents to the sprawling multilevel rear patio, while colonial-gray stacked-stone pillars, retaining walls, wood-burning firepit and wrought-iron gates confer a stately elegance throughout.
 
 
PRECISION DETAILS
"When I originally stepped foot on the property, I got the feeling of being at a neighbor’s house thanks to the marsh grasses and mature trees that surrounded the property’s vineyard,” said LeCompte, who just may have topped himself recently when he completed the job at Bordeleau Vineyard & Winery.
 
It stood to reason that when he ultimately rolled up his sleeves to get busy on the Eden, MD winery, his near-legendary green thumb took on a decidedly purple hue.
 
“My goal was to create a space that would complement this setting yet bring aesthetics and functionality to it as well,” LeCompte said. “I wanted to design a masterpiece, including a fireplace near the grapes that the owner could use as an entertainment space for the guests of his winery, as well as for weddings and other special events held on the property.”
 
To achieve this, LeCompte began by using the same type of brick on the winding walkways and patio extensions that was used for the principal structure, to give that seamless look of continuity. Then he went to work creating a matching outdoor fireplace with woodboxes, a grape-themed keystone and complementary precast corbels with grape-themed insets for a truly classic—and fitting—look. Note the Bordeleau “B” 
presiding grandly from the middle of the structure. (We’ll bet that the owners popped the corks on a couple of special vintages the day that job was complete.)
 
 
YARD DESIGNS, INC.
410-742-8003
 
 


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