Did you know that our firm also offers Landscape Architecture? Congratulations to landscape architect, Greg Rusnica, for receiving an award for this landscape design during the 2019 New Hampshire Home Magazine Design Awards ceremony. Our firm also designed this amazing home for our great clients. Look for photos of the interior and exterior of this home in the spring.
Below is a description and photos encompassing the vision, planning and goals of the landscape architecture:
The design program for this home is in many ways similar to many others we see when we are approached to design a lakefront home: Provide large entertaining spaces for family gatherings, more intimate spaces for daily life, unobstructed lake views, enhance and respect the natural environment. This sloping lakefront site, however, presented a unique design challenge. The design program called for outdoor space adjacent to the most important first floor interior spaces including the kitchen, living room, and great room, allowing their functions to extend beyond the walls of the home. The landscape would need to rise up and meet the home’s first floor.
On-grade exterior space was designed to gently terrace away from the residence. Artfully crafted NH fieldstone walls retain grade and form a series of planters. A mix of deciduous and evergreen shrubs and perennials offer contrast to the rigidity of the walls offer blooms May-frost as well as interesting forms and textures in the winter months. Climbing hydrangeas have become an unintended feature of the landscape. They grow more elegant every year as they help to soften the tallest retaining wall in the landscape. Patios of bluestone flagging complement the natural earthy tones of the home and the solid bluestone steps help instill feelings of strength, stability, and longevity. Dappled shade covers the lush lower lawn and makes for an ideal play area for the clients’ grandchildren on warm summer days.