Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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The clients found the site to their liking and purchased multiple parcels of land. The landscape architects realized the site planning needed to first address and remedy the potential for low-level flooding during heavy rains. The landscape architects' guiding vision was to create a large pond as a visual and recreational amenity, and make use of the excavated soil to set built components on higher terraces that would eliminate all from any potential of flooding, while providing more dramatic views of the proposed hardscape and landscape features. These simple terraces graduate to lower levels at the street and pond. Details were derived from patterns established early with the client and architect. Clean lines of white, green and blue were employed to provide continuity between the architectural and the landscape's linear geometry immediate to the residence. All built elements transition to the naturalistic edges of landscape and water. Simplicity and restraint became the hallmarks of the design, seizing opportunities from the wonders of nature such as reflective water, sky and vegetation. Linear masses of evergreens, grasses and trees contrast with the large masses of native grasses for seasonal interest. Above: A curving gravel and concrete driveway sweeps by a grove of fringetrees, transitioning to a grass paneled concrete driveway treated with a dark charcoal gray topical stain. The porte cochère frames the garage, with Japanese wisteria vines working their way across the top of the door. Middle: A deep 2.9-acre pond/lake was dug at the lower level of the property to accommodate site runoff and to mitigate against possible flooding. The clay soil of the pond obviated the necessity for a pond liner. The pond has submerged aerators and is stocked with Florida and striped bass. Trees within the pond create fish habitat. The most abundant trees specified around the pond include southern magnolia, cypress, American holly, Eastern red cedar, pecan, yaupon, river birch, along with a variety of oaks. 42 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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