Category Archives: exterior design

new orleans historic collection courtyard

The Historic New Orleans Collection, Commercial Landscaping

The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. The institution was founded in 1966 by General L. Kemper Williams and Leila Hardie Moore Williams—collectors of Louisiana materials who wished to share their holdings with the public.   So of course Exterior Designs was honored to be selected as their resident landscaper to continually maintain their many courtyards. Each courtyard is designed to be welcoming so guests are encourage to discovered what’s to come. We incorporate seating areas so guests have a good vantage point to enjoy their surroundings. Commercial landscaping is one of the many services offered by Exterior Designs, Inc. A New Orleans landscape designer, Exterior Designs will maintain your commercial landscape ensuring your exterior looks great throughout the year. Contact us to…

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off street parking

Entryways, Driveways & Off-street Parking

Visitors and neighbors’ first impression of your home is their view from the street and your home should be welcoming. Exterior Designs creates curb appeal by constructing and landscaping driveways and walkways, and even correcting standing water and poor drainage problems. We also select plant materials and containers to make your front door, porch, or balcony more inviting.     We see a lot of problems in the New Orleans area with off-street parking where homeowners do not have a sufficient area to park or the existing drive is broken and does not accommodate the cars of today. We overcome this challenge by constructing a new driveway, fixing broken and uneven concrete. We can link your driveway to a walkway or even create a small walk giving your guests a place to stand. Since every situation is unique, we encourage you to contact us for…

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landscape exterior

A Total Landscape Transformation

Throughout this landscape transformation, Exterior Designs worked with the client to create unique outdoor spaces surrounding this beautiful New Orleans home. We were able to create comfortable outdoor rooms throughout all sides of the residence. From off-street parking to a side entryway and two courtyards, the home’s personality was brought back to life. Check out our before and after photos to see the full landscape transformation.

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pool and backyard renovation

Good Fences Make Great Neighbors

Maybe Robert Frost didn’t agree in his “Mending Wall” poem, but over the years we have come to learn that good fences really do make great neighbors. Privacy is always a concern especially when living in the city, and Exterior Designs has helped numerous clients in solving their challenges through well placed landscaping. Take this New Orleans home for example, our client came to us seeking a way to make his backyard more secluded from the neighboring houses.   Their main complaint was they could not enjoy their back porch, pool or patio without feeling like they weren’t alone. I’m sure they have lovely neighbors, but no matter how nice they are there are times when you just crave a little solitude. Beverly Katz of Exterior Designs, Inc. is known for her vision in which she can correct a homeowner’s problem…

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swimming pool

Celebrating Mardi Gras Randazzo Style!

Mardi Gras in New Orleans is all about letting loose and celebrating a good time with friends and family. During carnival season, everyone becomes family! One of the families well known here in the City is the Randazzo’s – they are known for their world-famous king cakes. Their family recipe has been a New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition for decades. Exterior Designs wouldn’t be a true New Orleans designer without having a hand in a local legend’s landscape. We renovated the Randazzo Bakery store front in Metairie, LA by creating a Mardi Gras theme that continues year round. By selecting annuals that bloom in purple and gold, Mardi Gras colors are repeated throughout the landscape. We wanted to protect customers on those rainy days our city is known for, so we included a colorful awning that runs the length of the…

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meditation garden pergola

Exterior Designs Redesigns St. George’s Episcopal School’s Commons

Exterior Design’s Beverly Katz used form and function to define areas of this commercial landscape. Separate conversation areas allow the students to gather and enjoy the outdoors, while providing them comfortable seating. The gardens throughout the landscape are defined by raised brick. Adding a raised edge is a sure way to keep pedestrians from unintentionally walking through the garden. Beverly also included an interactive play area with a life-size chess board. Large trees provide shade for the middle school students as they enjoy their outdoor time. Although the original intent for the space was primarily for student use, the St. George’s faculty finds themselves using the outdoor room more than expected. The beautiful garden has become the perfect spot for hosting meetings, lunches and parent/teacher conferences. As the landscape matures, the foliage will fill out and provide the perfect backdrop to this outdoor…

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pergola

Hardscaping, the foundation of a successful landscape

You have decided to create an outdoor space, now it is time to plan for your hardscaping needs. Hardscaping offers a plethora of appealing options whether you want a paved walkway or driveway or an elaborate outdoor living room. When planning the hardscape phase of your project, the entire landscape of the area must be a consideration. One would not build a house by building a room, then a year or two later, add another room. Your outdoor space has to be given the same consideration as you are designing your space.  You may want to start with a patio and a walkway, then your project could eventually include a pool, water feature or retainer wall.  The planning stage should include a professional consult to help you reach the current and future goals for your space. Next you will want to choose a…

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outdoor classroom

Pergolas & Arbors

Pergolas and arbors create an airy magnificent presence to any landscape, and a welcoming extension to your home. Below are some of the designs Exterior Designs has completed over the years.

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Exterior Designs on HGTV Gardens!

We are pleased to announce Exterior Designs has been featured on HGTV Gardens! Check out the post below… Original post at: http://www.hgtvgardens.com/travel/home-court-yard-advantage-bring-the-big-easy-to-your-backyard

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