Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2018

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Booth Design Group was the landscape architecture design firm for this project in Largo, Florida and they worked in tandem with an interior designer, an architect, a pool contractor and a general contractor to create this large custom residential estate. The work of the landscape architects consisted of designing and supervising implementation of everything that is located on the exterior of the house. This included: the driveway, lighting fixtures, drainage, hardscapes, pool decking and more. The only thing that was located on the outside of the house that Booth Design Group did not have free reign over, was the pool itself. The client wanted to have a place that he could bring his friends and hold entertainment fiestas of varying scales, from small intimate parties to big lavish balls. The residence needed to be both professional on one hand and leisurely on the other. He specified that the landscape should encompass both indoor and outdoor sites and allow him and his guests to flow between the two settings. Challenges One of the challenges that the firm faced was a noticeable change in elevation, which was unusual for the region, and unusual for the state in general. "This was an atypical house because it sits up on top of a bluff and there was elevation change throughout," says Hunter Booth, president of the firm and lead landscape architect for the project. "We aren't used to having sites with 13 to 18 feet of grade change from the front of the house to the back." Left: This residence, on the Intercostal Waterway in Largo, Florida, epitomizes Florida living. The design of the main outdoor space (the backyard) is tailored to enjoying the water views and maximizing entertainment. The front entry includes a large column arcade with monumental steps and is punctuated by a 20,000 pound boulder that was flown in from Colorado and acts as a centerpiece. The design also includes tall Date palms to create a sense of arrival with short columns, low walls and large urns containing juniper trees. Right: One of the unique mementos of this project is this pelican sculpture that the client had. Hunter Booth, lead landscape architect, stated that this statue was sentimental to the client, so he decided to utilize it in the landscape as an art installment. November 2018 59

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