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No-Lawn Landscapes Win Awards for Stylish Spaces and Features

Chicago area landscape architects Heynssens + Grassman, Inc. are recognized in elite industry competition for their innovative home-landscape renovation projects.

Park City, IL, May 06, 2012 --( Two residential landscape projects by Heynssens and Grassman, Inc. have won top awards from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA), in the professional association’s annual awards competition. The firm has earned 9 awards in the last 10 years for design, installation, and landscape maintenance services.

Both of the award-winning projects by Heynssens + Grassman showcase the growing trend toward no-lawn landscaping; taking out underused lawns in urban and suburban yards in order to develop interactive outdoor living areas and landscape amenities that can be used throughout the seasons.

The no-lawn landscaping trend is especially appealing to empty-nesters and other homeowners who see their landscapes as extensions of the home’s living areas, but with enhanced durability, aesthetics, and lifestyle features built in. Because lawn areas usually comprise a good portion of a residential lot, re-claiming that space for other uses can offer many possibilities for outdoor entertaining or re-connecting with nature.

Although stylistically different, both award-winning projects were complete front-to-back renovations of infill properties which required creative solutions for stormwater drainage, privacy concerns, tree preservation, as well as skillful arrangements of each homeowners’ lists of amenities. The Glencoe project has an international flair with clean, contemporary lines, textural planting schemes, and smooth stone paving in muted tones of grays and taupe. The home’s panorama of windows look out to a raised pool and spa, cook station, firepit, and several art installations.

The Winnetka project began with the tear-down of the former house. The newly built home completed in 2009 won a Preservation Award from the Village for its compatibility with the neighborhood context; the site-specific design that takes advantage of light, views, and orientation; as well as its seamless integration with the outdoors. Among the many clever attributes, Heynssens + Grassman created a vintage two-track brick driveway with a mosaic of sedums planted in the center strip that would allow rain water to percolate down, instead of running off into municipal storm sewers. A large brick and stone patio, lush, colorful gardens, and a circular path around a decorative urn are other key features in the rear of the property.

Led by the husband and wife design team of Chris Heynssens and Rene (Grassman) Heynssens, the firm is also celebrating their 25th year in business as landscape architects and contractors on Chicago’s northshore.

The Company
Heynssens + Grassman is a full-service landscape company offering design, installation and maintenance of properties throughout Chicago’s northshore communities. The firm is a long-standing member of the ILCA, the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce. In addition to earning many awards honors their work has been featured in the Garden Conservancy’s summer tours, Architectural Digest magazine, Chicagoland Gardening, West Suburban Living, and other publications.

The ILCA Awards
Judged by a diverse panel of out-of-state landscape professionals and educators, the ILCA’s award-winning projects showcase some of the Chicago area’s most beautiful public and private gardens and outdoor spaces. The public is invited to view the traveling photo exhibition featuring all gold-award winning projects as it rotates between venues such as the Merchandise Mart, Morton Arboretum, Chicago Botanic Garden, Cantigny, Chicago Flower & Garden Show, Klehm Arboretum in Rockford, Oak Park Conservatory, as well as quality retail garden centers. Website:

Contact: Rene Heynssens, Principal, Heynssens + Grassman, Inc.
Phone: 847-360-0440
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