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A Modern Yard for This Denver Metro Area New Build Home

Discover how Jenna and BJ's landscape plan was the finishing touch for their dream home.


Before Tilly


After Tilly

The Brief

When Jenna and BJ moved into their brand new build just outside of Denver, Colorado, they needed a new landscape design to submit to their HOA—and fast. They wanted a clean, modern design that added practical features and beautiful curb appeal to their empty lot. These landscaping novices were ready to take their beautiful home to the next level with a helping hand from an experienced designer. Here’s what we found out from the homeowner:


  • Their space was an empty dirt lot—a blank canvas for landscaping

  • They needed a landscaping plan to submit to their HOA

  • The handy husband was ready to DIY the install

What They Asked For

  • Modern landscaping style with pops of sunny yellow and orange

  • An edible garden

  • Water-efficient, low-maintenance design

  • A space for entertaining

  • A plan that could be installed quickly

Making it reality

Our Plan

After reviewing the information we received from the client, assessing their space and conducting a video chat with them and their architect, expert landscape designer Megan put together a plan for a simple, easy-to-install landscape to elevate their empty lot into a true outdoor living space.

The plan

Design Elements

  • A cohesive and effortless modern design style throughout the front and backyard landscaping

  • A variety of natural stone including modern paving stones, raw boulders, and ground cover gravel echo the local landscape

  • An elegant bluestone patio featuring cozy seating and an impressive outdoor fireplace

  • A range of hardy, drought-tolerant native plants that will thrive in Colorado's dry climate, including:

    • Spanish Gold Broom (Cytisus purgans 'Spanish Gold')

    • Adam's Needle (Yucca filamentosa 'Excalibur')

    • Switch Grass (Paniucum virgaturm 'Northwind')

    • Munstead English Lavendar, (Lavandula angustifolio)

Finished Project

Finished landscape design

Dreamy Outdoor Living

  • The backyard patio is a hub for outdoor living and entertaining

  • Raised garden beds are home to a bounty of homegrown produce

  • The low maintenance front yard landscaping adds new curb appeal that will only continue to grow as the plants mature

  • The family of four now spends more time than ever outside

  • The outdoor fire place room is the perfect extension of the home, adding to their indoor outdoor living



Jenna and BJ's Feedback

Tilly customers - a family pic

Jenna and BJ

The Full project


Building a new home is overwhelming so it was a relief to work with Tilly and have the process be so simple. We love our outdoor space.

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