This modern house was created for the owners by Peter Cadoux Architect of Westport, CT to provide a hideway in the woods of Ridgefield, CT. The owner wanted a landscape to surround the new custom house that was low maintenance, did not require pesticides or herbicides (sustainable), would not need irrigation after the first year, had seasonal interest, did not block views of the existing woodlands beyond and was complimentary to the Asian feel of the new house and furnishings. BWLA created a minimalistic landscape planting design to compliment the property and allow the focus to be on the house. Native meadow mix and no mow lawn were planted around the sides of the house between the driveway and the edge of the existing woodland. River Birch trees were spaced within the meadow to create fall and winter interest. Miscanthus clumps were also scattered in the meadow with the native wildflowers and grasses to provide more height and additional winter interest.
The front facade of the house was planted with decorative boulders, shrubs and grasses to compliment the style of the house. Gravel was used for mulch in the few planting beds and on the driveway which created a more casual feel and was part of the low maintenance landscape elements requested by the owner.
An intimate patio was designed by the architect at the rear of the house adjacent to the glass doors leading to the inside pool to provide the owners a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the views to the adjacent woods. Surrounding the patio was a bed of bamboo to provide privacy from the road and no mow lawn providing a walkable surface for the owners.