Stone Haven

Stone Haven

Background: After admiring the natural beauty of ecosystems throughout the world, this customer found her favorite piece of earth in St. Charles, IL. She purchased an undeveloped plot of land and dreamed of creating a homestead that honored the existing landscape.

Challenge: The customer’s journey began by building an elegant Tudor-influenced limestone house that highlights the untouched artistry of the Fox River basin. She then consulted with landscapers to extend her vision to the rest of the property – but found them all unwilling to integrate her design ideas within the natural landscape. Frustrated, the customer held onto her vision of blending the extension of her home and its outdoor spaces into the existing landscape using native plant species. Then she encountered Zack Tentinger by chance, when he and his team were mowing her neighbor’s lawn. She was thrilled to discover Tentinger’s expertise includes the use of indigenous plants!

Solution: Over the next two years, Tentinger Landscapes collaborated with the customer to preserve the trees and native species as much as possible. Tentinger recognized that many of the plants on the property no longer grow outside of area forest preserves, so the team worked to guarantee the safety of those species. Zack truly listened to the customer’s requests, and provided feedback to enhance her vision of the property. He used images she sent to him as inspiration, and brought her vision to life.

Outcome: Utilizing minimally invasive methods, Tentinger and his team avoided clearing away complete swaths of land and focused on preserving the original, unique beauty of the property. Unlike the other landscaping companies that wanted to impose their style, Zack and his team achieved this customer’s vision by working within the natural environment that was present on the property. The result is a stunning landscape, inspired by and emanating from nature.