Birmingham architect Bill Ingram gives his 1940s cottage some character-building TLC with materials chosen for their authentic looks and upkeep.
Photo by Laurey W. Glenn
Bill put every inch of his small front yard to good use by forgoing grass for a more impactful garden. He replaced the unruly vines, sloppy shrubs, and front walk with a tailored parterre of boxwoods and paths of antique bricks. "The house is only 27 feet wide," he says. "It's no issue walking around that garden, and it adds a bit of green around the front door."