Sat Oct 1, 11:00 AM - Sat Oct 1, 12:30 PM

Woodland Pond

06783, Roxbury, CT 06783

Community: Bristol


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Nestled in the hills of Litchfield County, the 11-acre property was the vacation destination for family members and friends. With retirement and extended visits on the horizon, it was time to modernize a deteriorating house and landscape to suit the needs and desires of the homeowners, their kids, and grandkids.

The pond and adjacent wetland areas greet the visitors upon arrival as they ascend to the new house. The landscape architect embraced the existing woodland natural aesthetic in developing the overall landscape site plan. Traditional lawn expanses were planted out with native species and meadow zones, while lawn terraces were selectively incorporated for designated play areas.

Initial design conversations with the clients revealed their love and appreciation for the property, but frustration for the current lack of accessibility. The existing multi-level house required ascending a flight of steep steps, and the driveway was difficult to navigate in New England winters. The outdated pool and pool cabana a top another hill, was impossible to ascend by certain older family members.

Selective site grading and siting of the main residence by the landscape architect resulted in a better fit, taking advantage of the mature existing trees, and providing ample space for the pool and entertainment terraces atop the main flat plateau. Positive collaboration with the project architect helped modify the overall house footprint and eliminate the need for a separate pool cabana. The lawn play terrace was reallocated to the upper old pool area and surrounded by meadow and plantings.

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