Set on a wooded peninsula on Lake Washington, this new home was sited to preserve existing conifer trees while allowing views of the lake and Olympic Mountains to the west. A long driveway meanders through a forest of douglas fir, cedar, dogwood, and rhododendron.
Arriving at the residence, the landscape transitions to gardens and a paved area retained by finely crafted walls of indigenous granite. The planting design was influenced by traditional American gardens. Boxwood and yew provide year round structure while a restrained palette of roses, star jasmine, perennials, and bulbs creates an orchestrated sequence of seasonal color in blue, purple, and white.
Near the lake, an existing bulkhead was removed to provide space for a beach restoration. Adjacent plantings include native dwarf red twig dogwood, low Oregon grape and wild strawberry as well as ornamental grasses and Russian sage.
Architecture: Conard Romano Architects