The lucky owners of this home (notice the upward pointing horse shoe on the open arch). This home is not huge but nonetheless, it commands the street! Notice the open arch that complements the lunette window. I also really enjoy the shingle work just under the shingle trim. Phinney Ridge, Seattle, WA, USA
Winter can be challenging season for gardens to look to their best. The color story of this garden combined with the paint scheme allows this home to look good in any season. The owner reported that they were the first in their neighborhood to pull out the lawn and plant their entire front yard. (Aren’t you glad they did!) She mentioned that at first the neighbors were not quite convinced and were wondering how this would all turn out. Well, as you can see it’s wonderful, the neighbors love it and in the sincerest form of flattery, many have done similar front yard gardens.
Two interesting notes: 1, The owner said they selected the paint colors and repainted the home to visually complement the garden. 2, There are some brown sedums near the sidewalk, that’s not something that was overlooked at garden clean-up time, the owner selected them because the color is so right with the home this time of year. Don’t you agree?
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.
Dentils, always a good move, here they effectively animate what would have been a less interesting cornice.
Notice how the geometry of the balustrade on the second floor visually supports the fine details of the masonry work.
I like the hot terracotta color of the pottery, and Â the flaxy rust of the plant with the brick body color of this home. The crisp white treillage work contrasts pleasantly.