Queen Anne Deck Remodel by Mark Garff

The existing landscape of this Queen Anne backyard contained a series of cramped, disconnected spaces on multiple levels with little space to spread out or entertain. We designed a new deck that allows a smooth flow from the adjacent kitchen to this generous and flexible outdoor space.

Built-in bench seating, centered around a gas firepit, maximizes space and incorporates storage while integrated planters define the space into distinct but connected outdoor rooms. A lower platform provides ample space for grilling and an integrated stair connects the deck to the adjacent garage. We chose two shades of gray composite for the deck surface, a neutral palette that allows the vibrant planting scheme to pop. 

Eagle Scout Park Grand Opening by Mark Garff

 The completed park on a quiet morning.

The completed park on a quiet morning.

Located in the City of Lake Forest Park, the new and improved Eagle Scout Park is now officially open to the public!

Originally a grassy area populated with defunct outdoor exercise equipment and aging birch trees, SCJ Studio redesigned the space as a vibrant community gathering point with play structures, new planting and seating. In order to provide needed amenities, SCJ designed the space to not only be a pleasant area for relaxation – but also a fun new play space for neighborhood children and kids from the nearby elementary school and church. At the park’s grand opening on Saturday June 10, 2017 kids and parents from the surrounding neighborhood were already enjoying the new play equipment and benches – marking the beginning of a new life for Eagle Scout Park!

 Kids and parents having fun on opening day.

Kids and parents having fun on opening day.

 Kids enjoying the new play structure.

Kids enjoying the new play structure.

A new year, a new name! Project Groundwork is now SCJ Studio by Kevin McCoy

Our focus is the same -- turning your vision into a reality. The only thing that's changed is our name; we have been a part of SCJ Alliance since 2014.

Our excellent service and creative design continue uninterrupted. Whether a complete master plan, streetscape, playground, or an inviting landscape connecting your home to your garden, we are poised to make your project a reality. Site planning, site design, planting plans, ecological restoration and permitting – we do it all.

Our services, team, address, and phone number are all the same. 

Yarrow Point Lake Terrace by Mark Garff

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On Lake Washington, an existing pool terrace was disconnected from the rest of the yard and and waterfront.  The site had a challenging slope, but it was no match for a thoughtful design and some earth moving equipment! 

A retaining wall at the edge of the existing pool was replaced with a wide, generous stair welcoming guests to a new, bocce-style terrace below, complete with gas fire pit and stunning views.  A gentle, winding path leads down to a waters-edge patio with intersecting stone and concrete patterns creating a visually dynamic experience.  A small sandy beach and generous lawn complete the experience.  A California style planting palette with beach groundcover, perennials and elegant, flowing grasses highlighted with LED low-voltage outdoor lighting complete the vacation-home-in-the-city feel.

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HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Awards Nomination by Mark Garff

We're thrilled to announce that one of our projects has been nominated for an HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Award!  This mid-century Seattle courtyard remodel can be found in the Love At First Sight Category and is one of our all-time favorite before and after transformations!  Show your support and vote once a day through April 5!  Click HERE to cast your vote.

SCJ Studio Team Member Honored With Student ASLA Award by Mark Garff

Congratulations to our own Alyse Wright, whose University of Washington student team just received an Honor Award from ASLA for their Kintsugi Garden design build project near downtown Seattle. Nice job Alyse and UW!

Alyse graduated from UW in 2014 and is now a full time Landscape Designer at SCJ Studio. When she began interning at PSCU Studio early last year, she was simultaneously working with her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture class to design and build the Kintsugi Garden.

Often after work, Alyse would head to UW to work in the shop. She learned to weld, and enjoyed crafting the metalwork which would become the frame for the site's gate and shelter.

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Check out all of the great details in person at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center and for more on the project from the ASLA, click here.

Hunts Point Pool Renovation by Mark Garff

An existing home built in 2004 on Hunts Point was in need of a landscape renovation. Project Groundwork transformed the existing, uneven and small pool terrace from “afterthought” to a focal point.  

Hunts Point Pool Renovation Project Groundwork Seattle
Hunts Point Pool Renovation Project Groundwork Seattle
Hunts Point Pool Renovation Project Groundwork Seattle
Hunts Point Pool Renovation Project Groundwork Seattle
Hunts Point Pool Renovation Project Groundwork Seattle
Hunts Point Pool Renovation Project Groundwork Seattle

The rough concrete terrace was cold and dark, feeling cramped and unloved around a small pool.  By reconfiguring two walls and changing them from concrete to cor-ten steel, the patio was transformed and expanded.  Now larger and all on one level, the owners have an outdoor amenity oasis with a built in gas firepit, ipe deck, a new privacy fence, planters and dramatic lighting. 
 
A new side garden with play lawn and spring-free trampoline for the kids included raised cedar planting beds, crushed granite steel edged walkways, lighting and thoughtful planting.  
 
Finished in 2015, the home went up for sale and, thanks in part to the amazing landscape, sold after only one day.


SCJ Studio has been featured on Houzz! by Mark Garff

We are excited to announce that one of our Seattle gardens, completed during the summer of 2014, was recently featured in an article on Houzz.  This edible urban oasis has become a favorite for it's contemporary details and strategic use of space on a small lot.  We appreciate the feature and look forward to sharing more of our work with the Houzz community!