The Fox Point project presented many exciting challenges. The Owners program included a private outdoor entertaining area, curb appeal, visually minimize the garage doors, minimize turf and provide buffers from neighbors.
The pie shaped parcel provides a generous front yard but minimal back and side yards. The small size of the backyard actually became a great asset as it made the space more intimate for entertaining. The backyard was transformed into an outdoor room by placing a custom cedar fence around the perimeter. Special care was given to preserve an existing arborvitae hedge along the north property line which provided great screening. The hedge and fence were further enhanced with strategically placed trees, shrubs and perennials to provide privacy, seasonal interest, texture, color, form and fragrance.
The main entertaining space is hardscaped with Brussels Block by Unilock with a perimeter soldier course and a New York Bluestone welcome mate inlay when you step onto the main patio. Brussels Block was selected because of its rustic appearance that mimics the building’s stone veneer. The Owners also desired overflow seating for larger parties and a permanent grill location. To meet the Owners program, a low seat wall and a custom built-in gas grill with a countertop surround was incorporated into the design utilizing Brussels Dimensional Stone adding an elegant flare to the space. Turf panels that are adjacent to the patio also serve as overflow entertaining space. The garden is finished off with a unique table and chair set, bench seating and various pots.
The garden is also fully functional for evening use with carefully selected landscape lighting. The patio space is surrounded by bollard lighting and accented by uplights that illuminate the ornamental trees while casting interesting shadows on the cedar fence behind.
Drainage posed a challenge on the site since all storm water drainage needed to be diverted to the front yard while still providing a parking slab for visitors. There was not enough space to simply install a swale therefore a strategically placed retaining wall and drainage swale were incorporated to allow both items to be addressed simultaneously. The incorporation of plantings in this area supplemented the space by visually reducing the garage door prominence as well as enhancing curb appeal.
The addition of a Brussels Block paver walkway creates a dramatic transition while a New York Bluestone inlay welcomes visitors at the front door. The entire entry area is flanked with dynamic plantings that frame and draw your eyes to the front door while creating seasonal interest. Overall the landscape provides a warm, inviting aesthetic form the curb exceeding the Owners expectations in design and implementation.