Old World Charm
ILASLA Merit Award Winner – Residential Construction
Painstaking attention to detail and a concerted effort to create a setting which complements the context of the home’s architecture has resulted in creating the feel of European countryside in southwest suburban Chicago.
The landscape architect was charged with transforming an existing design that lacked inspiration. Developing a series of garden rooms based on the family’s lifestyle and capitalizing on the site’s grade changes, Mariani provided an easily accessible large lawn for sports and peaceful place for dining al fresco. The existing driveway was removed and replaced using heated antique bricks.
Plantings were selected to create a cottage garden look accentuating the home’s architecture while vertical accents bring scale to the large residence. Trees were planted on new rolling berms to screen the road and enclose the front yard. Summer can be enjoyed under the reclaimed timber pergola or on the two level stone terrace, which is shaded by a custom copper ceiling. Other outdoor rooms include a formal four square garden with a custom stone water feature.
Reflecting the richness of the home, vintage landscape materials and an attention detail creates a one-of-a-kind environment uncharacteristic for a subdivision setting.See Slideshow