Formal Retreat
Private Garden – Winnetka, Illinois

With an elegant stucco façade, slate roof, and iron detailing, this French provincial home deserved a landscape more befitting of its architectural style. The front yard concepts explored multiple arrangements for the driveway approach and ultimately evolved into a pea gravel drive court with a granite entry apron. A stucco privacy wall provides visual separation from the service area and creates a secluded garden space off of the master bedroom.  The rear property lies within the 100-year floodplain and required consultation with a civil engineer throughout the design process. To accommodate detention and compensatory storage requirements, extensive drainage features had to be incorporated into the project scope. Stepped rear terraces carry the visitor down to the formal lawn panel, creating drama in the garden while keep the floodplain away from the house. The overall design reflects the simplicity of the architecture with strong linear lines, long axes, and a formal planting palette.