Many homeowners lack the outside perspective needed to visualize the full potential of their outdoor spaces, which is where Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) President-elect Danilo Maffei, APLD, PCH, of maffei landscape design, LLC and his 26 years of expertise come in handy. In his day-to-day work, Maffei provides creative direction and design solutions for private, residential, public, and commercial properties, focusing on blending existing and new materials to make the most of any available space. In the Builder and Developer magazine article, “How to Capitalize On Underutilized Landscape Space,” Maffei illustrates that he practices what he preaches through his own project experiences.
One of Maffei’s clients owned a historic Highland Mede residence in Chester County, Pennsylvania and found that they didn’t have sufficient level ground to expand seating as their family continued to grow. When Maffei stepped in to renovate, he suggested moving and adapting the grill that the family congregated around by elevating the countertop height approximately eight inches, creating seating space.
With Vectorworks Landmark design software, Maffei was able to create an artistic conceptual rendering that communicated his vision to his Highland Mede client.
For another project at the former home of T.V. personality Dr. Mehmet Oz in Greenville, Delaware, Maffei transformed a dysfunctional parking lot into a more efficient, aesthetically pleasing parking lot. The original layout didn’t allow for more than two or three cars to occupy the space without trapping in the other cars. Additionally, landscaping had been an after-thought for the current family of “self-proclaimed non-gardeners,” so Maffei proposed a more functional parking lot with a convenient entry to the house and converted the previous parking spaces to a garden.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the latest issue of Builder and Developer Magazine, we recommend flipping through their July/August 2016 issue and giving Maffei’s article on page 62 a read. To see more of the firm’s projects, visit maffei landscape design’s website.