Great Landscapes Start with Great Ideas

“Great landscapes start with great ideas,” said Richard Cording, Sr., founder of CLC Landscape Design. And part of evolving those ‘great ideas,’ he continued, “is using input from members of the company’s highly experienced team.”

A perfect example, he noted, is the extensive redesign pictured above. When he and his team first consulted with the Livingston home’s owners, there was no conversation about a pavilion. When the clients met with Rich Jr. during the pre-construction meeting, they expressed some interest. Further discussions led to a pavilion with a TV, fireplace, and planters to frame a unique destination point. The result is a stunning, multi-use area, “that came from marrying our ideas Rich Cording, Jr., Master of Landscape Design Columbia University with those of the clients,” states Cording, Sr.

CLC Landscape Design prides itself on being a company where “classic design meets cutting-edge technique,” a phrase coined by Eric Cording, who, in his sales role, is often a client’s first contact. The nine CLC designers, six of whom are licensed landscape architects, start by ascertaining what the client’s design sensibilities are. “Right now, the clean, elegant Hampton style is very popular,” Cording, Sr. said.

They are able to move from 2-D plans to 3-D visualizations, a high-tech innovation that “makes the design come alive” for clients. “When the Livingston clients were shown the pavilion, that really sparked their enthusiasm for how well the design would fit their lifestyle,” he said.

The company stays abreast of other trends, such as incorporating lighting and technical access into pergolas and other outdoor structures, “essentially building an outdoor home.” Other frequent requests are for fire and water features. Much research goes into the plants used in the designs, ones that will flourish and add color and life for years. For example, Cording Sr, says, “there might be 30 types of catmint, but we picked the cultivar that is the most insect-resistant and has the longest bloom.” Whenever possible, locally sourced stone is used, and boulders and large stones are re-used in the design, or kept for use in another site.

Asking questions throughout each project is always key to developing a vision that reflects what the client really wants and needs, Cording, Sr. emphasized. He shared another story of clients who originally requested a swimming pool. But conversation revealed that the owners did not regularly swim, or have young relatives visiting who did. He suggested instead creating a “gorgeous water feature,” that they could see and enjoy year-round.

“The questions—and the answers—contribute to uncovering the true potential of the site,” he said.

CLC Landscape Design

58 Ringwood Ave., Ringwood | 973-839-6026

Featured Businesses