Thanks to our many wonderful landscape design and construction clients and the landscape contractors that we partner with on landscaping installation, Carex Design Group has had a great 2016. Here are the best landscaping projects of the year and our tips for creating these looks at your house:


Elements: Stone Patio, Fire Pit, Retaining Wall, Planting, Landscape Lighting
Landscape Design Tips for Getting the Look: There are various ways to get an outdoor fire element depending on your budget. For higher-end budgets, the outdoor fireplace is perfect. But to get the look for less, choose a stone fire pit option like the below or even opt for a portable option like those you can find at your local home improvement store.

Landscape Planting

Fire Pit

retaining wall with mountain view

West Knoxville

Elements: Paver Pool Deck, Landscape Lighting, Pergola, Fire Pit, Planting
Landscape Design Tips for Getting the Look:  With over 30 outdoor light fixtures accenting trees, patios and walkways, lighting played an important role in this design.  Since LED lighting is easy to add to over time, a less expensive option is to design the system but only install a few light fixtures initially.  Then, as your budget allows you can add the additional lights.

Landscape Lighting

Paver and Flagstone Patio With Landscape Lighting

Landscape Lighting


Elements: Paver Pool Deck, Outdoor Kitchen Pavilion
Landscape Design Tips for Getting the Look: To provide everything on this family’s wish list we had to make budget-friendly material choices. High-end blocks and pavers can exhaust a budget, so we worked with this client to find alternatives that still allowed for the size, shape and use of the space that they wanted.    

Pavilion and Outdoor Kitchen

Pavilion, Outdoor Dining

Paver Patio Pool Deck Jet


Elements: Pavilion, Pool Deck, Outdoor Fireplace, Planting
Landscape Design Tips for Getting the Look: To ensure you have show-stopping plants in your landscaping, try grouping affordable plants like grasses or Knock Out Roses into clumps and opt to spend more money on a single focal plant like the Contorted Filbert or Japanese Maple below.

Pavilion and Outdoor Fireplace

Contorted FilbertFront-Yard Landscaping

Check out these blog posts to see our landscape design and installation projects from 2014 and 2015. To get help or schedule a free consultation, fill out our online contact form or call me at 865-765-5550.