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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"We wanted a quiet elegance and for anybody who came here to feel comfortable," is how the homeowner put it. The house was built first and the property development followed almost 10 years after. The master plan in the eyes of the owner was always going to be a phased project; after almost a decade of living in the home and walking the property, he was ready to begin. Landscape architect Lawrence Dziurdzik's first impression of the property was mixed. It was a heavily wooded land with low lying areas that would require drainage, tree removals and, most importantly, municipal approvals. "I'm very specific with the projects I work on," said Dziurdzik. "I only work on one residence per year, so it has to be really special property," he explains. The property was oddly configured with residential and forest preserve property as close neighbors. The master plan created would require extensive zoning variances for setback allowances, crushed stone drives, accessory structures, pool and impervious coverage, county stormwater requirements, wetland compliance and tree removals. The landscape architect presented the master redevelopment plan to the local municipal board and received approvals for a fireplace, spa, pool locations and numerous other features that were planned for the property. Numerous governmental bodies weighed in on the design and complimented the use of natural materials, reforestation, stormwater management and best management practices. The plan for the estate organized the property into three main areas: an entry auto court, pool and terrace and a native Above: Almost a half acre of undesirable woods was cleared and restored to a natural tall grass prairie. Over 300 different types of plantings were installed over a course of four years that consisted of wetland marsh, pond and upland dry conditions. Black-Eyed Susan, Blazing Star and wild quinine are among the plantings pictured. 46 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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