Woodland Modern

Nestled in a pine woodland cul de sac this modern home meticulously renovated by architect Ben Trogdon suffered from a landscape with lack of definition and lack of imagination.

woodland-beforeUnlike many connosieurs of modern style who opt for a minimalist, highly controlled landscape, these owners wished to create a naturalistic garden that would both soften and complement the strong forms of the architecture. Large, moss-freckled granite boulders were used to give backbone to an understory carpet of ground cover and perennials and to provide weight to counter the large volumes of the house. A sculptural Weeping Alaskan cedar is silhouetted against the presenting garage canvas while espaliered Atlas cedars drape the walkway walls. Mounded earth subtly shelters and delineates the private entry spaces.

woodland-modern-welcome-homeTransforming the perfunctory front lawn into a forest floor of shade loving perennials was the beginning of the garden re-visioning. A meandering flagstone path flows away from Ben’s architectural entry arbor tempting visitors into the serene spaces at the foot of a two story glass atrium. Massed plantings with subtle foliage tones and textures add to the calm of this asian inspired landscape while large ceramic containers quietly populate the garden.

woodland-modern-arborThis modern residence is now one with a landscape that invites, delights and envelopes providing owners and visitors a protected, focused arrival experience.

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