Cathedral Heights – Northwest DC
The design goal was to transform an unusable backyard into a memorable courtyard garden with bold entertaining spaces, two level terraces, a play area, and strong lighting, while saving a large Elm tree. A seat-height water basin accommodates additional seating on the edge of the water feature during smaller intimate gatherings, while a stone staircase, flanking piers, and a stone backdrop for the fountain wall add strong elements to the design. Landscape lighting extends the use of the spaces into evening hours, allowing for safe passage on steps and paths. It also accents the garden with up-lighting of specific trees, including the Witch Hazels, while spotlighting the water feature and its foaming waterspouts and decorative Lion’s head spout. A retaining wall and central staircase create two distinct terraces and a connection between the spaces. A broad open staircase, matching stone piers, and a pair of Frank Lloyd Wright cast stone urn reproductions add eye-catching detail. The lower level terrace is composed of pea gravel, which is porous and allows for better aeration and water infiltration for the trees and surrounding plants and shrubs.
- Award Winning