Creekside Residence

A magical environment emerged from an unremarkable suburban site to become the amenity-filled family garden and home it is today. In the process, a small tributary to the Bronx River became protected and enhanced. Now buffered with riparian plantings and undulating stone walls, the creek is a highlight of the garden.

Collaboration with the architect resulted in physical and visual links between the house and its sloping grounds. A sequence of spaces from the upper and lower levels adjacent to the house support a watershed-sensitive garden and the stone bridge with a grass walking area unite the pool area to the lawn. The stone pool terrace is reorganized around a transplanted specimen Japanese maple and custom firepit. Notably, deft manipulation of the grades on two sides of the house created wheelchair access for a disabled family member to be both practical and an enchanting part of the landscape.

ASLA New York, Residential Landscape Architecture Design, Merit Award, 2021