Location: Landfall Subdivision
Completion Date: December 2009
Landscape Designer: Tony Parker
Landscape Installation:Classic Landscapes
General Contractor: Tim Clark with Clark Carolina Construction
Site Description: Sloping from street to rear approximately a 16 ft drop
Soil Type: Sandy Loam
Major Hardscape Materials: granite cobbles, Pennsylvania bluestone, washed, multi-colored pebbles, cultured stone, keystone
Building Description: Homogenization of Southern European styles
Design Concept: Seamless blending of English, Italian and Moorish garden styles. To create a tranquil garden of levels with good bones softened with in a painterly style.
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Framing for Rill
Dry Creek Bed
Narrative in abbreviated form & Entry Sequence
- Enter the granite cobbled driveway apron & pass through to stone veneered 48” x 30” columns with decorative cast stone finials. Mean height of wall to be 30”. The end columns to be 34” tall 2’ x 2’. All columns to have cast stone caps in crème color matching brick. Small ground lights would look great along the wall.
- As you go under the 2 shade trees there is a hedge bamboo screen to your left with a jasmine ground cover hugging the concrete.
- The entry to the walk has a mortared stone apron flanked by matching 2’ x 2’ columns with line voltage lights. Along the washed 3/8” pebble path bordered by granite cobbles there are boxwood hedges. Down light from Oak.
- The parterre to the right is made up of lily turf massing bordered by thin galvanized steel edging. The center piece would be a granite sphere fountain. The parterre is bordered by boxwood in Karla’s favorite shape with conical boxwood at key points.
- There is a rectangle of mortared stone at the curved arch bordered by a brick rowlock. Left & right are two plinths of lily turf with topiaries. The mortared stone continues under the vine covered trellis to the front door.
- There is a low hedge along the edge of the retaining wall. A grid of narrow red maples embedded in a space of pebble. There is a small galvanized aluminum arbor (the same color as the window trim) surrounded by a hedge. This allows privacy from the driveway as well as helping to create a sense of discovery. As you pass through the rose garden there are two rectangular beds for vegetables & herbs.
- You would descend down the curved bluestone clad steps & arrive on the terrace. To achieve a level effect for this terrace 8” of height (or 1 block) would be added. The plantings on this level would be a balance of evergreens & color in the English style. Fiber optic lighting in the rill would add a mysterious blue streak in the night.
- Dwarf boxwood edging with pear espalier under windows.
- Descend curved bluestone steps down to lowest terrace. Gravel court? Synthetic putting surface? Staging for sculpture, streambed effect for sculpture?
This idea is an aesthetic response to a major amount of roof water. The treatment suggested is an “exposed system”. I’m concerned about piping this water down to the existing swale. With the amount of leaves that are likely to fall in the gutters will probably cause the system to fail eventually. Gutter guards do not work that well. This look is high on aesthetics with the bamboo background, the naturalistic stream & runnels from the downspout.