Project Details

Square Feet

Single Family Residence

Old Town,
Chicago, IL


Services Included: Design and Construction

A dream came true for our clients who have a family with young children. They purchased a double lot that included not only their home, but also a second lot for an at-home outdoor kid play space.

But it’s no secret that in a city as large as Chicago, that we have rats. And this homeowner was determined to have an outdoor backyard design and side yard design that went from being inhospitable to rats to becoming clean and green!

A significant part of the project was dedicated to a perimeter barrier that ran along the entirety of the fence line from the street to the backyard, and back towards the street – approximately 300+ feet. The process included digging a trench 36 inches deep by 18 inches wide, lining it with galvanized wire mesh, installing a layer lava rock, and filling it in with concrete. This barrier would eliminate burrowing into the yard.

The decision was made to use artificial turf so that the entirety of the yard could have galvanized wire mesh laid down to continue to eliminate as much burrowing as possible.

On the top of the fence line, custom flashing was installed at pitch to eliminate creatures running along the top.

Additionally, the landscape beds were prepared by digging down 18 inches and lining the bottom with a stainless-steel wool product.

The landscape beds were designed to accommodate enough space for Hornbeams and Hydrangeas to grow into their natural habits.

And while the kids would get a large space to play, it was still important to upgrade the lounging and dining experience in the backyard with better products like bluestone rather than concrete pavers and teak furniture rather than wicker.

The existing grill area and awning were reincorporated into the design.

While it is not 100% possible to remove rats, particularly in an area with so many restaurants, Clean and Green’s design turned into an outdoor oasis for this family . . . not the rats!