mulch magic

August 28th 2014 Comments: 13

When visiting a garden, most folks’ pulse slows, breathing calms, and perhaps they become a little meditative marveling at humankind’s manipulation of the flora. Gazing upon a garden can conjure a happy result. However, when I step into a garden new to me, my heart races, and I get giddy … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Gardens

farewell to a friend

July 10th 2014 Comments: 22

One such fellow was James Murray. James was among the first batch of interns from Auburn University (where Bobby McAlpine taught part time for almost a decade). James came aboard one summer, along with a very young Chris Tippett (who’s now a partner at McAlpine Tankersley). A Landscape Architecture student … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Team

collaborative efforts: kaiser trabue landscape architects

June 12th 2014 Comments: 6

This is the first in a series of posts focusing on some of the brilliant folks we collaborate with on a regular basis. Like any good team, they make us shine in the spotlight and deserve their own ovation. Mike Kaiser of Kaiser Trabue Landscape Architects is just that type … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Outdoors

waterside effects

March 20th 2014 Comments: 3

Situate these enchanters near a lake or bay and their allure increases as they echo across the water’s mirror surface. Their reflections become both literal and meditative.  Finding refuge in these structures is a serene joy; their simple offerings harbor the soul and calm a troubled mind. So prop your … [read more]

be my guest

March 5th 2013 Comments: 2

To have a guest cottage on the property is true luxury indeed. It’s like having your own little motor court lodge. Toss the keys to your guest and point to the path. These miniature houses sit picturesque in the landscape. They beckon and welcome, offering grand hospitality but under their … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Outdoors

shed a little light

February 26th 2013 Comments: 2

I think its because they need so little program; their uncomplicated jobs are simple and intelligible. Standing as the quiet witnesses of the property, they offer shelter to the humble. A refuge to yard tools, a roof to the automobile, harborage to birds or an umbrella in the storm, these … [read more]

close quarters

January 29th 2013 Comments: 4

Take our personal natural surroundings, for instance. Man (as designer and self-designated caretaker) throughout history has attempted to lion-tame Mother Nature. As a matter of fact, I’m sure even Adam grew frustrated trying to weed the Garden of Eden. When we are able to shrink the landscape down to an … [read more]

pool liner notes

July 17th 2012 Comments: 1

It’s not often you see a swimming pool immediately upon entering the house. This Mediterranean house, located in Nashville, Tennessee is a far cry from that sea of inspiration. Being welcomed home by crystal clear water seemed a requirement. Landscape Architects Page Duke worked with us to seamlessly integrate this … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Outdoors

court/house wedding

June 19th 2012 Comments: 3

In residential design, much emphasis is given to the entrance sequence, mainly the door and the foyer just for this reason. It’s the designer’s opportunity to play an overture to introduce the play within. In most instances, however, the visitor’s welcome to the home is not arrival by foot at … [read more]