The gilding on the corinthian caps of these columns contrasts nicely with the grey of the stone. It is interesting that the columns are not fluted.
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 Â cohesive elements of Â size, color, and an extremely meticulous level of maintainance.
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.
Look at the river rock porch posts and the way the river rock is inset into the masonry work of the chimney. The owner of this property knows a good thing and smartly continued the theme by also outlining landscape elements with similar rock.
Itâ€™s not an easy feat making a contemporary home fit in with an established neighborhood, itâ€™s even more challenging when the home is of significant size; thatâ€™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 Â 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 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.