Landscape Architect & Specifier News

NOV 2018

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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If form follows function in architecture, landscape form and function can effectively follow architecture. Integrating a property's interior and exterior ultimately extends and enhances the living experience for homeowners, as they seek total beauty and comfort in their surroundings. Such integration was the goal of the landscape team at Chalet as they completely overhauled the landscape for one of their clients in the northern suburbs of Chicago, who had renovated their home in a California-style, minimalist manner. The landscape team at Chalet, a 101-year-old business and brand that also incudes a growing farm, nursery and retail center, worked with the homeowners to create and execute a vision for their property that included areas for entertaining, quiet reflection and recreation. "Ultimately, the goal of the landscaping was to take a cue from and complement the home's sleek, contemporary style," explains Eric Braun, director of design for Chalet. "This is a unique home and it called for a unique landscape redesign." One of the first challenges was transforming the area from a veritable mishmash of landscape elements, with a heavily wooded front area and stark plantings around other parts of the house, along with a crumbling patio and a dated pool. Chalet's team of landscape designers and professionals added new plantings and a host of features, including stone hardscapes and water features, in the same vein as the simple lines and modern architecture of the house. The subtle, neutral color palette, evident in the outdoor furnishings, Left: One of the gathering spaces of this residential project in Winnetka, Illinois, includes a simple and elegant built-in stone and glass firepit and seating area. The surrounding plantings are accented with uplights to create an intimate nighttime setting for a small group. Beyond the gathering space lies open lawn space for the client's four- legged friends. 66 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The Winnetka Home

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