Photography by Mellisa Clark Photography.
- The original front entrance had a brick front walkway and stoop in need of repair. Plantings looked messy and did little to enhance the entry.
- The new entrance brings in flagstone, keeping brick just for the risers. A low boxwood parterre frames the ornamental trees while small pockets of annuals add seasonal color. Two small boxwoods frame the front stoop.
- This view of the lower garden during demolition shows the tight quarters. The narrow door on the left of the garage was the only way to bring materials in (flagstone, stone dust, gravel) and out (bricks, sand and miscellaneous construction debris). Ladders were used constantly to access the different levels.
- The same view shows the finished garden viewed from the house..what a difference! A beautiful flagstone patio (set on stone dust) creates the entertaining area. The trees on the left are the only plants that were from the existing landscape; all others were brought in through the garage door.
- A closer view of the hand crafted wrought iron staircase leading to the upper level. A simple plant palette for a shady part of the garden with boxwoods and golden Hakone grass.
- Looking towards the corner of the house, a Japanese maple anchors the corner; deep window wells were constructed to accommodate drainage . A small table is there for immediate family but the patio also accommodates additional seating for larger groups.
- Viewed from the upper garden, this photo shows the courtyard effect created by the adjacent buildings. A lush vine softens the brick wall while lower level plantings add texture and color contrasts.
- While the original decking on the upper level (above the garage) remained, the planters had to be emptied of all their soil, rebuilt, waterproofed and filled up again. Everything was carried in buckets up and down the steps.
- After completion, evergreens help provide screening creating a more enclosed space despite the surrounding buildings. All the soil and plants were hand carried up ladders. When the owners entertain, this area serves as another pleasant space for their guests.
The fountain set into the garage wall, featuring handmade tiles from Motawi Tileworks in Michigan serves as a focal point from the house. A hand crafted water spout is also a prominent feature. There was some existing plumbing but it was significantly improved during installation.