Highland Park Residence

When the design team first met the owners of this unique property, it was evident that they possessed a sophisticated appreciation for fine art and sculpture and a distinguished sense of style, be it indoors or out.

The owners had clear objectives about the redevelopment of the outdoor space, but were also open to a wide range of ideas that would help create a more classic and refined outdoor living space in which to showcase their worldly collections.

Our solution to the owners request was to create three distinct areas: a barbeque area, a formal dinning terrace, and a lower garden terrace all to enhance the outdoor living space with the surrounding gardens.

On the upper level, the team designed and installed a masonry barbeque made of cut bluestone accented with a cantilevered 3” thick Black Cambrian granite countertop of contrasting color. The barbeque was situated in close proximity to the kitchen and on an angle allowing the owner to view the terraces and gardens below, while simultaneously entertaining guests and cooking.

Aligned with the formal living room windows and adjacent to the formal dining terrace, a sunken fountain, clad in bluestone, showcases the owners’ antique lead statue and provides guests a view from within the house to the garden. Bluestone steps wrap around the fountain to transition to the garden terrace below.

The surrounding gardens follow a more formal arrangement with the use of manicured boxwood hedges and variety of ground covers including ginger, ferns, impatiens, white shrub roses, barren strawberry, and pachysandra providing a colorful background for the owners’ display of Statues of the Seasons.
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