Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2016

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48 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The Gorlin residence is a custom residential property located in Northville Township, Michigan. The home has low-pitched rooflines, extended eaves and makes use of natural stone. The hardscape and landscape design complement the Prairie-style architecture of the home and extend that architectural aesthetic into the landscape. The outdoor living environment at the back of the house is characterized by a sequence of individual garden spaces or outdoor rooms. The size and variety of the outdoor spaces allow for many varied uses: gardening; outdoor dining; casual seating; free play on the lawn; and hosting fundraising events for charitable organizations. Natural materials are incorporated in the hardscape in combination with simple rectangular forms to reinforce the design tone and create varied surfaces for the outdoor garden spaces. Hardscape materials include bluestone walks, an ipe wood deck, an overhead mahogany pergola and decomposed granite paving. Plant materials are used to create the spaces, or as an accent within them. A grid of flowering pear trees provide shade and scale as the centerpiece for the dining court. White carpet roses and wisteria on the pergola provide a colorful accent to the ipe wood deck. Raised wood planter boxes house a vegetable garden adjacent to the outdoor bar. The front yard landscape is structured by low horizontal-stone planter walls used to retain the grade, and to create a level platform for the house. Bluestone paving in a random rectangular pattern forms a raised entry court and is also used for the walks. Low yew hedges in combination with carpet roses in the linear planters reinforce the entry space. Low juniper shrubs were used as a softening effect on the base of the stone Above The landscape for this Northville Township, Michigan custom residential home was inspired by its Prairie style architecture (low-pitched rooflines and extended eaves). The south lawn terrace extends from the home to retain the grade and create a level platform for the home. Large rectangular low-limestone planters project from the terrace and from the front of the home, creating bold, horizontal accents to the architecture. AERIAL PHOTO: PROAIRVIDEOS Custom Residence, Northville Township, Michigan Landscape Architecture by Grissim Metz Andriese Associates, Northville, Michigan

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