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Kokobo takes home TWO GOLDS and a SILVER at the LINLA awards!!!

On the eve of the Olympics as team USA prepares to win lots of Gold & Silver medals in Sochi… kokobo takes home TWO GOLDS and SILVER at LINLA awards!!!

LINLA, the Long Island Nursery and Landscape Association, is a New York State professional association started in the early 1960’s.

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kokobo wins bigOur team happily accepted THREE awards; Two Gold and One Silver! kokobo’s submissions this year were in direct contrast to each other as one was a large rooftop in the financial district, one a suburban property on Long Island; and one a small backyard in Queens.

 

SILVER AWARD

A petite backyard in Queens received a much needed makeover. After weeks of hard work the changes made to this humble backyard made a world of difference, almost unrecognizable from its previous state!

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GOLD AWARD

A Massapequa family with a love for traveling, desired renovations to their home influenced by two of their favorite destinations; One of them Thailand and the other Bali. The team worked diligently to make this limiting space a proper fusion of both places.

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GOLD AWARD

In New York City the newly designed and constructed communal rooftop, has made its way from loud and imposing utility structures to warm and cozy nooks. All of which can be enjoyed by the residents and their guests year round.

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At the Banquet…..

Now, back to our “night out”. The evening was informative as well as fun. During the cocktail hour, we were able to view all the competitive portfolios with all the feedback from judges. As dinner was served, a wonderful slideshow and commentary was provided highlighting all of the winner’s projects with amazing before and after pictures as well as detailed construction pictures showing all of the challenges and intricate steps required to complete the incredible projects.

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Construction and Production managers Mike Muscatello and Zachary Madarash with Michael Madarash-Principal Designer

“As always, this year’s LINLA awards dinner proved to be an amazing celebration of the top landscape designers and their projects in our region. With design firms, suppliers, vendors and installers present, it was a fantastic evening to review and recognize the different styles, budgets and materials that go into each award winning design. I was very proud to be a part of such projects and look forward to all the future designs that may be recognized as well. Can’t wait for next year!”

– Zach Madarash, Production Manager

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Kokobo Designers Kaylin Rostron and Irena Romovacek with significant supplier Melissa Daniels

“It was another fun evening at the Milleridge Cottage and so great to see a fresh display of project types! We got to welcome a few new faces and names to the community who provided a different view and practice to the entries and the field of landscape design moving into 2014. It was an honor to be a part of the celebration and to be recognized.”

– Kaylin Rostron Senior Landscape Designer

 

 

 

 

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QUEENS BACKYARD IS DOUBLED IN SIZE AND HOMEOWNERS NOW ENJOY OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING AT ITS FINEST

—Backyard Landscape Renovation in Queens, NY—

THE “BACK” STORY

Queens BackyardA petite backyard in Queens was in dire need of a new look, smarter use of limited space, and more structurally-sound construction. The shared garage had a sagging roof, crumbling walls, and a ugly block facade. While there were some overgrown trees on the property the backyard was very drab and lacking any real greenery. The stoop to the raised porch was lopsided and the canopy covering the porch was in desperate need of updating. The clients were interested in outdoor cooking and entertaining for small groups, using the space at night, and greening and softening the edges of the yard to provide an attractive border and privacy from the alleyway behind and the neighbors.

DEMOLITION BEGINS AND THE MAIN SPACE TAKES SHAPE

Queens BackyardThe garage became a harrowing task to rectify, as asbestos was discovered in the rooftop materials, and it being a shared structure, cooperation with the neighbors was mandatory. Permits were obtained, the asbestos was taken care of by an environmental firm and the garage was demolished and carted away.

The large arborvitae at the rear of the yard had to be removed, due to their encroaching size and the light that they blocked from the space. The Japanese maple was kept however, for it was healthy and its curvy truck provided an interesting effect against the fencing. New plantings were adding into every corner and edge of the backyard – a raised bed against the house hosts an array of perennials and ferns, a small bed opposite the kitchen island has vines which will grow along the new fence and soften that narrow pathway, a second bed along that fence and at the rear of the yard provides evergreen interest and privacy from the alley behind, finally tiny little beds at the base of the 4 iron trellis posts contain ivy which will grow up and over the structure throughout the year to offer shade and seasonal interest.

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Queens Backyard RenovationThe stoop, landing, and steps to the basement received all new materials. Stucco risers with blue stone treads create an elegant entry from the garden into the house, along with stucco cheek walls with bluestone cap stones. Step lights were installed into each so they can be easily navigated at night and add to the ambiance of the space. The stoop canopy was replaced with a natural cedar railing and overhead structure covered by an opaque corrugated fiberglass roof that allows light to penetrate the previously dark sitting area on the landing.

 

OUTDOOR COOKING AND ENTERTAINING

While entertaining, the clients can utilize the outdoor kitchen island which was designed to host a grill, refrigerator, storage, and bar seating, as well as provide ample serving space. It was important to the clients that the “grillmaster” be allowed to share in the occasion, so the dining area was placed next to the island and they are able to converse with those seated at the dining table and at the bar seamlessly. The dining area is demarcated by a prefabricated iron trellis in which custom lighting has been hung to illuminate the table well into the evening.

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AN “AWARD-WINNING” FINAL RESULT

Drastic changes to the small backyard have made a world of difference and the space is almost unrecognizable from what it used to be! One of the interesting facts about this project is that eco-friendly materials were used on many elements…the pavers in the dining area are permeable to reduce surface run-off, the concrete used for foundations and walkways was a special eco-friendly mix, and all of the landscape lighting is low-voltage and LED which will consume very little energy.

In the end, the project provided the homeowners with exactly what they envisioned…a larger space with all the amenities they hoped to include in their outdoor “lounge”. This project recently was awarded a SILVER design award in the MINISCAPE division (spaces <2,000 sf) at the LINLA 2013 Landscape Design/Build Environmental Enhancement Awards.

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