Wagner Hodgson
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North Cove contemporary-landscape
 

North Cove

North Cove Residence
Shelburne, Vermont

We worked very closely with the architect to create a multi-generational home for grandparents, their daughter and 2 grandchildren providing both common and private outdoor space for both families. The 12.3 acre site sits facing north on the shore of Lake Champlain and has over 40 feet of grade change from the point of entry down to the lakeshore and contains many beautiful mature trees of hickory, maple, ash and butternut. The site offered opportunities to nestle the two houses into the slope, creating the ability for the architecture to step, providing a logical division of space for the two families to share. The landscape creates private areas for each family while also becoming the common fabric that knits the 2 households together. The natural terrain, sloping east to west, and the views to Lake Champlain became the basis for arranging volumes on the site. Working together the landscape architect and architect chose to locate the houses and outdoor spaces along an arc, emulating the shape of the adjacent bay. The eastern / uphill portion of the site contains a common entry point, pergola, auto court, garage and a one story residence for the grandparents. Given the northern climate this southwest facing alcove provided an ideal setting for pool, utilizing the west house and retaining wall to shield the lake breezes and extending the swimming season well into the fall.
Approximately one quarter of the site is classified as wetland and an even larger portion of the site is subject to seasonal flooding. The site program included a swimming pool, large outdoor terrace for entertaining, year-round access to the lakefront and an auto court large enough for guest parking and to serve as a place for grandchildren to ride bikes. In order to provide year-round access to the lake and not disrupt the natural movement of water, an elevated boardwalk was constructed of galvanized steel and cedar. The boardwalk extends the geometry of the lakeside terrace walls out to the lake, creating a sculptural division between natural wetland and lawn area.

Architect: Truex Cullins & Partners Architects

Image Credit: Westphalen Photography
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October 19, 2013
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i would appreciate very much if you could give me a closer look at the way you did your wood board walk cuts.
    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 5:06PM
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They stayed horizontal the entire length.
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April 8, 2013
niccole721 wrote:
What kind of trees are these?
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They were existing trees consisting of Oak, Red Maple and Shagbark Hickory...
    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 4:47AM
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Rustic Brick and Stone
To reiterate what Keith Wagner Partnership said, there are all natural forms of pesticide and fertilizer. It's well worth your time to speak with a local organic landscaper who can analyze your soil and recommend or create a compost tea to naturally maintain your landscape. With beautifully natural contours like this particular site, it's difficult to justify changing grades to alleviate runoff.
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Almost all states restrict use of phosphorus in case of sites where there could be runoff. Turf has heavy root systems that naturally prevent runoff also, unlike many other surfaces and plantings. Herbicides work by being quickly absorbed into weeds, this usually prevents runoff. For information on the proper use of all products and runoff prevention in steep areas check with your local extension services, they are very helpful.
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August 9, 2012
frenchie123 wrote:
This is the shape I am trying to achieve but for some reason it is not working out for me. I have almost cut
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It is important to have the curves tangent to one another and as smooth as possible, no sudden shifts...
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Thanks for your reply. I finally got the curve to look nice and it is a soft curve so is appealing to the eye.
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what did you use for the steps?
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They are bluestone slabs
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Thanks!!
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