The new owners envisioned transforming this historic farm into a family retreat with ample open space and privacy to accommodate their active and child-oriented lifestyle. This was achieved by extending the living space to the open air— creating outdoor rooms that where private and intimate for daily use, but could be also easily convert to beautiful environment for entertaining.
This small residential home tucked on a ridge in Arlington is special because the family grew up in the neighborhood and fell in love with the people around them. Instead of moving, it was important to stay in the neighborhood which meant adding additions and expanding their home as their family grew. When the time was right, it was ready to do the garden. This involved extending the kitchen and creating another outdoor set of rooms.
Perched atop a hilly roadside, this site is wrapped in gracious curved fieldstone walls, steps and landings, giving a natural setting for the native plant material. The draping drifts of nepeta, roses and pennisetum set off a specimen weeping cherry. A railing design was created to set off a dramatic entrance. The rear garden has natural stone steps on center with the family room, leading to the upper lawn. Circulation between the great room addition and screen porch were carefully considered in the design of the terrace.
This terraced garden sustains native vegetation in a transformed woodland swale which supplements the natural stream bed. The "terraced garden rooms" are stabilized with a crafted plant palette coating the slopes with color. A traditional Italian fountain provides a cooling effect of the spacious courtyard. The limestone walls and steps are wide and inviting, presenting opportune seating and eloquent transition that leave the sensation of being on vacation in Tuscany.
Founded in 1894, the Washington Golf and Tennis Club is one of the oldest and most historic clubs in the country. In 2005 FLA was brought in to design a hardscape plan for the tennis facility, while keeping in mind the historic nature of the club. Our design reflects a sophisticated approach and attention to detail.
For this large government building, an interior urban plaza was created to facilitate outdoor gathering and interest for workers while taking a break or eating lunch. Artificial turf provides year round greenery, while a large fountain creates pleasant background noise. The great swirl of the colored concrete provides movement for rare occasions when special vehicular traffic is required and an inviting natural flow to the ground place.
The old sledding hill in the back yard was great for the kids when they were young, but, this treacherous slope needed to be transformed into a garden with an upper lawn and play area with a beautiful set of stone steps to transition to the lower entertaining garden. The staircase is flanked with crepe myrtle trees and has a mid level landing with a small focal point of the special antique bird bath.
Although petite, this garden stands bold and proud. New masonry walls and columns flank the gated entrance to this property. The addition of mature sycamore and magnolia trees provided much needed additional privacy for the new entry garden. An intricate scupper fountain flows into a koi pond for a peaceful background noise. A new pergola capped outdoor dining. At the rear of the property the small existing terrace was renovated with a combination of new and salvaged paving materials. Additional outdoor furniture and garden accents ordain the space in a full Buddha motif.
The primary purpose of this project was to solve access issues caused by the stream that passes just in front of the residence’s main entrance. We replaced the existing wood bridge with a more beautiful stone bridge and simultaneously saved two historic tulip trees. We also converted a swampy area fed by two natural springs in front of the house into a lushly-planted and beautiful pond. A vehicular turnaround and new carport allow for ample access by car, yet maintain the 19th century farm house appeal. Our philosophy was to follow all necessary guidelines with a unique twist, designing the environmental elements with a creative approach. The design intent was to create a farm house feel for everyday living.