Estate & Private Residential Design

Atlanta Urban Design Commission
Award of Excellence
for Contextual In-Fill


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Monte Carlo

“An English Manor”

The Berry Residence is inspired by the English vernacular style showcased in many of the period houses in the Druid Hills Landmark District of Atlanta. To enhance and preserve the natural features of the property and to respect the character of the surrounding neighborhood, Land Plus worked with architect William T. Baker and interior designer Suzanne Kasler during the initial design for the residence.  This early collaboration resulted in a final design that addressed the homeowners' criteria and incorporated the constraints and opportunities offered by the existing site conditions.

Respecting the historic nature of this established neighborhood, a primary goal of the homeowners was that their would appear to be a faithful renovation of an existing home built in the 1920’s.  Land Plus was recognized with an Award of Excellence for Contextual In-Fill from the Urban Design Commission for its successful effort at creating a complementary landscape design for the property. The landscape surrounds the house by setting it in an open lawn that sweeps down to the street and features informal plantings from the palette of renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

Responding to the site's very challenging, uphill topography, Land Plus created a plan for the property that addressed the topographic constraints, implementing highly detailed retaining walls which were designed as an extension of the architecture, creating a series of outdoor rooms through the use of walls and gates. One of these outdoor rooms featured a formal, sunken garden with an elegant pond.

A summer pavilion designed to utilize a portion of a required retaining wall helps to visually reduce the impact of the wall while providing an opportunity to include an outdoor fireplace and seating area. Cascading new dawn roses soften the brick walls. 

Rich, natural materials of bluestone, Indiana pea gravel, granite cobblestones, brick, and limestone are combined throughout the landscape to enhance the materials found in the architecture of the home. 

Finally, American and Korean Boxwoods were used to frame expansive bed areas for perennials while providing visual structure and interest for the gardens during the winter months.