Selected Projects

Home on a Corner Lot

10 photos The original split-level home was gutted and almost doubled in size. The landscape and architecture were designed simultaneously for optimal result. BELL BUILDERS were responsible for the renovation.

Attractive In-Town Residence

6 photos We capped the front porch with PA flagstone and built a lattice panel covered with climbing Hydrangea to provide privacy from the neighbor. A brick retaining wall was constructed along the sidewalk. Shade-loving Sum and Substance Hosta, Pieris japonica, Hellebore, Yew, and Azalee thrive under a mature Saucer Magnolia.

A Cottage Garden

8 photos This cedar home is located in a wooded community known for informality and eclecticism. The old brick patio did not reflect the character of the neighborhood. It had also been poorly installed and was intersected with cracked and broken concrete. Plantings were overgrown and needed editing.

Drainage Issue Artfully Solved

5 photos The homeowner's contemporary home had one big problem: Water leaked regularly into the basement. The design not only resolved the problem, it created a much more beautiful space and view.

Mid-Century Home: Charles Goodman, Architect

15 photos The artist-homeowner wanted two patios that he could use for pleine air painting. We re-located his AC unit and constructed a flagstone patio surrounded by a stone seat wall to the right of his front door. A berm of soil in front of the wall created more privacy for his work. New mostly native plantings provide privacy and four-season interest. A second gravel patio to the left of the front door has become a private contemplative space. The new front walkway now has a graceful curve and a generous, welcoming landing at the curb.

Narrow DC Property

8 photos Homeowners had an ugly view of their narrow back yard. The garage is accessed from a back alley; it takes up some of the yard space. My design provided three new entertaining areas: a transitional deck just outside the sitting room door which is perfect for enjoying a cocktail; a grilling and dining terrace set on the diagonal to visually widen the space; a 'getaway' upper garden 'living room' from which to view the house. Lush plantings provide four season interest: color, fragrance and textures abound.

Small Property, Four Outdoor Spaces

9 photos The home is small and the family likes to entertain; I was asked to provide as much outdoor living space as possible. The back corner became a private spot in which to chat and listen to the water fountain. The sunroom opens to a deck close to the outdoor dining space. A grill is located near the kitchen door in the far right property corner. Crepe myrtles minimize overhead wires. A private yard that feels intimate can still handle larger gatherings.

Avenel Residence

6 photos This is a large home on a tiny lot and the front entrance was unattractive and hard to locate. A new front porch with wide steps highlights the front door. A generous walkway of PA flagstone installed on the diagonal visually widens the entry and upright flagstone retains the soil of the plant bed.

Surrounded by McMansions

10 photos The homeowners live in an area where 'scrape and build' McMansions are prevalent. The brick-edged flagstone patio was present and the huge house two doors down was in the process of being completed when I was commissioned to design a solution that would let my clients love their home. Design program included creating screening from the looming neighbor and something nice to look at out the family room's double doors. A water feature delights: the homeowners even installed another bay window from their dining room so they can see the waterfall.

Swimming pool project

10 photos Homeowners wanted a swimming pool and spa for their family of five to enjoy with friends and neighbors. Land sloped steeply from the bottom of a straight line of steps down from the deck. Main design idea: classic Cut and Fill approach. We constructeda 3.5' tall retaining wall at the bottom of the property to raise the elevation and lowered the swimming pool level by 18" (3 steps).

Front Entry Renovations

8 photos Before and After views of four vastly different homes in the DC Metro area.

Elliptical Lawn Panel

4 photos This attractive lawn on the side of the house was previously a cracked and ugly asphalt driveway. The lawn panel is crowned in the middle and bordered with a mowing strip of PA flagstone and perennial plantings. A new patio and additional walkways connect the rear entrances of the home to the new lawn.