Estate & Private Residential Design

2009 Honor Award for Residential Design American Society of Landscape Architects- Georgia Chapter

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Monte Carlo

A Tuscan Estate

Land Plus worked closely with the architect, builder, and property owner to formulate a cohesive design vision for this dramatic total property makeover.

In a neighborhood where outdated homes are routinely razed to make way for new construction, the team transformed a 1980’s home and its neglected grounds into a contemporary Tuscan estate. Situated prominently at the end of a street in an exclusive Atlanta neighborhood, the three- acre site overlooks a serene, private lake and wooded backdrop.

To incorporate planned architectural additions, the landscape architect re-defined the entrance to the home by creating a formal “visitors’ court” with a central, octagonal perennial garden feature and flanking gardens with tree bosques and gravel walks. This welcoming garden is a dramatic presentation for the renovated house and separates the entry from the gracious loop drive and public street.

The residence previously featured an irregularly- shaped pool with no relationship to the living spaces of the home, nor did it respond to the site conditions and newly refined architectural styling of the renovated home. In its place, a fifty- foot long two-sided vanishing edge pool embraces the diagonally sloping topography of the site as it falls towards the lake. Viewing the pool from the interior of the home it is hard to tell the difference between the outside pool edge and the beginning of the lake. A summer pavilion nestled in lush landscaping echoes the new architectural styling and provides yet another dramatic view of the pool and lake beyond. At the end of the pool terrace a swooping staircase leads to an open grass lawn, terminating at the wood line just before the lake edge.