The original landscape in Lexington was stepped up behind a traditional colonial cape clapboard sided home, and at the top of the site was a brush and bramble mess which needed to be replaced by a usable family activity center. All the essentials were there, a forest perimeter, separate elevations, and a great borrowed view. To make it all functional was a difficult challenge. The environmentally-conscious family’s wishes were to be able to enjoy outdoor activities and to have access to nature. We decided to create a “journey” with curved paths, emphasizing eye-catchers along the way among the lushly planted areas. We transformed the previously overgrown terrain into casual seating, usable activity areas, and planned views from the house, all while installing a natural drainage system and stabilizing the slopes with erosion control plants.
There are three tiers of space, moving up and away from the house developed for family activity. The lower level accommodates family dining and gathering, cooking and vegetable gardening, and relaxing. A walk up or around to the mid-level will take you on a stroll through bamboo screens and a lush shade garden with garden ornament accents along the way. Continuing to the upper lawn, you will enjoy a low-maintenance natural lawn for ball sports and general open space enjoyment. Building furniture into the structure of your garden is an effective way of making the most of the space you have, both visually and physically. Visually the furniture becomes an integral part of the overall design and gives a space a unified look when using materials that blend well with the surroundings.