Turtle Lake

Working carefully around existing pool and pergola, this renovation project blends rich details with imaginative design solutions. The specific challenges of the pie-shaped lot and neighboring wetland and floodplain were addressed early and inspired design decisions throughout the process.

Carefully-articulated details make this project a truly unique work of art. A driveway and large entry court laid with cobblestones reclaimed from the streets of Philadelphia and bordered with charcoal granite cobblestones recall a romantic past. Surrounding the court, formal masses of pachysandra, crimson barberry, azalea, and oak leaf hydrangea flow among sculpted boxwood hedges, sugar maples, and spruce offer a full range of color, texture, and seasonal interest. Four limestone planters atop stone pedestals create a formal elegance and a stage for seasonal color accents. Two custom copper-clad planters host specimen Japanese maples to stand sentry beside the main entrance and allow a filtered view to and from the residence.

In the rear, a multi-level garden offers moments to appreciate the formal and natural beauty of the space. The pool terrace is intimate and versatile with a softly-lit lighting scheme, a covered barbeque area, and conversation areas. With selective clearing and careful grading, the northwest property corner was transformed from an undeveloped area to a spacious lawn terrace perfect for large social gatherings. Irregular fon du lac with saw-cut edges create a lively border running around the rich green grass. Beyond, lush masses of limelight hydrangeas, Russian sage, and Shenandoah grasses spill over the cool stone and create a tapestry of color to ease the transition from the formal terrace into the natural wetlands beyond.