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At a shingle-style house on a site with significant topography, the client sought to transform the landscape in a way that tailored to the wishes of a young family. In developing the direction for the design of the property, two clear goals were established: to create a landscape with several distinct living spaces for year-round enjoyment, and to provide a strong connection between the residence and its outdoor elements.
Improving the connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, a stone terrace now sits directly adjacent to the rear of the house, featuring an outdoor kitchen and fireplace. Bordered by hydrangea, a path of bluestone steppers lead from the terrace to a raised grass panel overlooking the circular lawn. The pool and spa become the primary feature of the landscape, lined with a single row of chaise lounges framed by dogwood and evergreens.
At the edge of the pool, a shingle-clad pool house tucked into the grade of the hill serves as a both focal element and a refuge. Beyond, a rustic set of stairs meanders up a terraced slope, connecting the pool garden and lawn to the upper woodlands. In the client’s words, the landscape has become “a perfect place to hide, think, read, relax, and entertain.”