I was asked by another blogger if I could show some of my design work, so I turned off the snow and decided to post a bit. Without showing the best views of the design out of deference to the owner’s privacy, I do have images sans the entire front facade and rear patio.
I took these images when the landscape contractor was on site in early Spring, so many of perennials have yet to show.
The design is very formal with structured geometric boxwood hedges. The home is under interior renovation and the landscape design was to afford beautiful views from the second and third floor office, study and bedrooms.
The Orangery was new construction connecting the main house to a newly constructed three car garage. The exterior seating area was completed to compliment the interior of the space. As you can see the view extends all the way through the Orangery to the Escarpment, and on a clear day, all the way to Toronto. I suggested the upper area be constructed to allow access and view. It is a great place to view fireworks.
This large property is connected by a series of paths. Chanticleer Pear trees are spaced in repetition along the front of the home.
Heavy cast iron urns filled with annuals are placed throughout.
This path leads to an original pond out of view and not yet restored when this photo was taken.
This urn was purchased only days before its arrival on site when the owner and myself went shopping. The landscape trucks in the image above brought it and the men set it into place. It was extremely heavy.
Still too early for flowers on the Stella de Oro. It was hard getting the urn in without crushing them. Usually something of this size is sited first, but this urn took a long time to find.
The owner wanted a long formal entry. You can see there is no direct, straight route to the front door. This image was the summer after installation. The pear trees are not in flower.
The image below was the same summer after installation, before the urn was brought the next spring.
This view is looking toward the wooded area from the front door.
Here is a partial of one drawing. Much information has been removed, but the overall design development is shown.
Also below is the design of one of the retaining walls on the property. This wall is a semi-circular curve, but could only be seen once rendered. The renderings were watercolor and air brushed originals that went to the client on presentation. The other image presented was a hand drawn and colored perspective of the home.
Boxwood bordered the path to the vehicular drop off zone, but are not shown on the drawing below. A few other changes were made before this drawing was finalized. Plus, some of the design and paths were not yet constructed in my images. A lot of construction was going on to the home and landscape, so much was done in phases. No architectural drawings are presented here.
Now we move to the informal areas on the property.
The design slowly transitions to informal on the South side of the property.
Newly laid and cut flagstone leads to the rear veranda and outdoor entertaining patio.
This path leads to the hedge of arborvitae you see below. This is a very early Spring photo. The Hosta are just starting to unfurl. Other perennials are yet to make an appearance.