When the owners of this suburban property engaged SWH, they dreamed of a refined yet comfortable landscape to complement their 18,000 square-foot English-style cottage. The owners envisioned outdoor spaces befitting a private estate for entertaining guests. The narrow two-acre property was, however, closely surrounded by neighboring homes, making privacy and seclusion a challenge.
To achieve a feeling of serenity, SWH reimagined the entire property. A soft wall of green was created along the property’s perimeter that weaves over 50 Southern magnolia trees through existing oaks and maples while layering hedges between the building and property lines. To echo the warmth of the cottage’s stone and brick façade, SWH carefully knitted traditional materials throughout the landscape. Masonry walls and gates create intimately scaled outdoor rooms for the owners’ frequent social events. Limestone, granite, and cobblestone accents dot the landscape to connect garden features, including an elaborately designed and detailed grotto. The result is a completely transformed property that showcases the power of judicious design to create a sanctuary even in close quarters.