This renovation project transforms a tired property hosting a c.1930s Grosse Pointe Farms home into a stunning landscape and private retreat.

Running through the project is an expansive and versatile natural stone patio that flows seamlessly from seating to fireplace to kitchen to dining. The composition of generous gathering areas and small, intimate spaces is ideal for any scale of social event, serving as an appropriate venue for formal dining, teatime, quiet conversations, or large family events.

Attention to details including hardware and stone finish helps negotiate this versatility of scale. The repeated use of limestone calls to the home’s historic architecture and ties all elements together into one harmonious space. The bush hammered finish give a soft, pillow-like texture to the stone.

An allée of trees frames the outdoor rooms and adds a soft, subtle comfort to the space. The patio spills into an elegantly sprawling lawn, and dramatic lighting throughout cloaks the secret retreat in elegance. Glimpses of the garden from the road create wonder and curiosity. Formal hedges and classic white flowering hydrangeas along with ivy carpets kissing the edges of the stone patios make this garden scene timeless.