Upon purchasing this property the owners decided to demolish the house and completely renovate the site which included a parking court, swimming pool, play lawn, terrace, pier and buffer planting. Given setbacks, site constraints, and the desire to incorporate the existing pool, the new house and garage location was maintained. An existing cottage was also maintained and renovated.
The landscape architect sought to preserve and maintain existing trees which included a large tulepo in the courtyard and locust on the waterside. The design intent was to create a protected, enclosed garden and pool courtyard at the (east) entry side with the house acting as a wall or foil. Moving west through the house the site opens dramatically to an open sunny exposed landscape with access to the harbor and new pier. These contrasting spaces offer a range of opportunities for both quiet contemplation and family recreation. On the harbor side, native coastal plants were incorporated into property line hedgerows to frame views and provide privacy from nearby housed. The entry and pool gardens offered opportunities to incorporate perennials, ground covers and flowering trees in a protected environment.
Special care was given to craft and materials throughout the project where extraordinary detailing was accomplished by artists and craftsmen.
Boston Society of Landscape Architects | Honor Award 2003
Thompson & Rose Architects