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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pink and purple) that evoke some of the favorite places they came across in their travels in SoCal and Spain. While the northern climate won't support plants found in those warm-weather locations, Chalet's team selected trees, grasses, shrubs and a mix of perennials and annuals that are hardy, highly textural, verdant and in keeping with the owners' interest in adding greenery in nooks, crannies and in spaces near the home structure. A live wall at the front of the house was another way to incorporate European and West Coast design while also accommodating the seasonality of the Midwest locale. From a functional perspective, Chalet's team addressed drainage issues and irrigation needs in Team List: Hirsch Brick and Stone Reflections Water Gardens Highland Park Electric Northshore Lawn Sprinkler Products: Live Wall Kichler Light Fixtures Valders Stone Left: This custom water feature, surrounded by green plantings and placed at the front entrance, creates a calm, serene welcoming to the home. The trickling sound of water flows into the home as well as through the front landscape. The backyard water feature lies along the same axis as the front yard one seen here. 68 Landscape Architect and Specifier News the outdoor space. Also fusing form and function is the outdoor lighting, which guides the family and their guests around the area at night and imbues soft, inviting character into the space. The landscape lighting helps bridge the home's exterior and interior, which is filled with intimate lighting in front of the expansive windows and glass doors. "It might be inspired by California, but this property is intriguing throughout the four seasons here," says Braun, citing the diverse colors and textures of fall, the starkly beautiful ice and snow effects in the winter and the distinct and welcome emergence of the green palette in the spring. Left: A stone stepper walkway, accented by steppable perennials, connects the two backyard gathering spaces as well as the custom backyard water feature (right-side of photo). In the front of the house, accenting the garage wall, is a LiveWall installation featuring various plants that are replaced seasonally.

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