Monthly Archives: February 2013

On The Street…Port Townsend,WA

Garden -  Pt.Townsend, WA,USA

Garden with visual activity and cohesive elements

To be most attractive, gardens need to be inclusive enough to be interesting while also being cohesive enough to be pleasing. This garden has lots of visual activity balanced by the  cohesive elements of  size, color, and an extremely meticulous level of maintainance.

Particulary good use of the fence that divides the garden from the sidewalk, instead of a bland picket this has  been made into a display space of it's own, featuring rocks and crockery and succulents.

Fence dividing garden from sidewalk

Particularly good use of the fence that divides the garden from the sidewalk, instead of a bland picket this fence has been made into a display space of its own, featuring rocks, crockery, tiny sculptures and succulents.

They Got it Right…

Phinney Ridge Contemporary Home

Phinney Ridge contemporary home

It’s not an easy feat making a contemporary home fit in with an established neighborhood, it’s even more challenging when the home is of significant size; that’s why I was so thrilled to find this home which excels at these tasks and more with such aplomb.

The roof lines, the bay windows, the breaking up of the massing, all help give this home  interesting surfaces. Equally interesting is the way that this home interacts with the ground plane. The stone work and garden in front leads you visually in an uninterrupted sweep towards the entryway. Notice the shallow round planters at the lower right, which reinforce the horizontal elements. Then, as your eye reaches the home you meet a couple of low steps and the most remarkable deck/porch combination. What an inviting way to enter a home.

The attention to detail here is impressive. The owner reported that on this home they replicated the pattern of the shingle work of the home that had been on the lot previously. (That home had been beyond repair.)  Notice the shingles just below the eaves. Particularly attractive are the dual level posts on the deck. I enjoy how they both frame the entryway and match the size of the balusters on the rest of the porch and on the balcony. The neatly tucked away downspouts on the gutters of the porch add to the pulled together look.

The attention to detail here is impressive.

The attention to detail here is impressive. The owner reported that on this home they replicated the pattern of the shingle work of the home that had been on the lot previously. (That home had been beyond repair.) Notice the shingles just below the eaves.

Particularly attractive are the dual level posts on the deck. I enjoy how they both frame the entryway and match the size of the balusters on the rest of the porch and on the balcony. The neatly tucked away downspouts on the gutters of the porch add to the pulled together look.

On The Street…Port Townsend, WA

grey and red symmetrical home in Pt.Townsend

Symmetry

The formality of this composition is strengthened by the use of the cool grey paint story. Then the home is lifted from being too somber by the picking out of some choice details with the brick red trim. Notice the way that the gateposts reinforce the strong vertical movement of the facade, nicely drawing your eye up to the exceptional windows in the wall dormer.