with a builder, we look at the project from a different point of
view," Guthery says. "In this case, where the home was built
without gutters, it was essential."
row of Fond du Lac Silver slabs bordered by Germantown pavers lead
down to a patio of bluestone pavers extending to several formal
living areas. Living room and dining areas are set off by red
permeable brick pavers, which promote drainage to the subsoil.
With a special
drainage system, LandCrafters devised runoff-friendly landscaping that
included a maintenance strip of gray slate chips, compacted subsoil and
perforated PVC pipes. The approximately 800-square-foot courtyard facing
south on one side of the house includes a partially permeable strip of
red pavers, providing drainage that can pool within the short walled-off
A pergola set over
the dining area and functional outdoor furniture further define the two
spaces, which share a large patio.
"The idea was
to define the spaces and make them more intimate in the large
space," Guthery explains.
a half-story down from formal to rustic settings, a stairway is
spiced with a base of orange gravel and lavender catmint spikes
followed by yellow daylilies. The well-manicured lawn leads to a
fire pit area, natural pond and several preserved white pine and
courtyard contrasts the backyard’s natural setting. Large stone slabs
step down to a grassy area, leading to a pond and a seating area perfect
for a fire pit.
Guthery took great care to provide simple, green shrubs and colorful
bursts of perennials. Trees, including magnolia and pine, frame the
overall yard and landscaped regions.
previous work attracted homeowner and client Dan Kanitz, an
anesthesiologist who had landscaped other homes and wanted something
something that had a lot of texture with green on green and calm
colors," says Kanitz, who instructed the builder to stay clear of
the existing pines on the property.
front door pathway of bluestone bordered by Germantown pavers is
stylishly lit with LEDs, accentuating both the homeowner’s
desire for simply elegant plantings and the home’s exterior.
Kanitz says the
formal outdoor spaces provide a nice living and dining room extension
during the warmer months, and the pond and other natural elements are a
family favorite, as they attract a variety of wildlife.
"We have a
multiacre conservancy to our west, and our landscaping is perfect
because it looks like it’s been there a very long time," he