Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2016

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80 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Riverton, Utah (pop. 38,753), 20 miles south of Salt Lake City, is the location of this featured home. This site used to house Riverton's oldest schoolhouse and building (circa 1880s). During nearly three decades, beginning around the turn of the 20th century, the schoolhouse also became a community-gathering place, a local for church services, town meetings and social events. The direct descendants of the client built the schoolhouse. The client purchased the property with the idea to save the historic building. Portions of the old adobe building, however, collapsed in 2007. The owner decided to restore the remaining portions of the schoolhouse and construct a new home for his family. Original exterior bricks, interior adobe bricks, foundation stone and wood timbers were reused in the new home and landscape. The project sought to connect the owner's family to their ancestors, and the new site to the old. The landscape architect designed the site to reflect the period style landscape, while maintaining a flare for the client's modern lifestyle. Northland Design Group's role was concept and master planning; construction documentation; materials selection; progress/ postconstruction evaluation; and coordinating with Greg Steffensen, the project architect (Bountiful, Utah), Magleby Construction (Lindon, Utah), the home builder, and Stratton Bratt, the landscape contractor (Pleasant Grove, Utah). Visitors to the site are immediately struck by the strong connection between the home's rich Above & Inset The client purchased this property with the idea to save a historic building on the property, Riverton's oldest schoolhouse, circa 1880s (insert). When portions of the old adobe collapsed in 2007, the owner decided to restore the schoolhouse and along side it construct a new home for the family. The original exterior bricks, interior adobe bricks, foundation stone and wood timbers from the old schoolhouse were reused in the new home and landscape. Flanking the historic schoolhouse marker are 'Sargent Tina' crabapples. The home's large and inviting front porch and walkway offers the Heritage Rose Garden of 'Morden Sunrise', 'Bonica Meidiland' and 'Knock-out' rose varieties. The tree (left) is an 'Autumn Purple' ash. Riverton, Utah Legacy Home Landscape Architecture by Northland Design Group, Inc., Provo, Utah

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