Taking that into
consideration, Manke created a multifunctional plan that carves out
attractive, specific areas for a Whitefish Bay expanded saltbox home
within a typically modest space.
scope was varied. A front yard was in need of a new stoop, walk and
expanded driveway paired with simple plantings and more play space for
family members. The backyard plan homed in on outdoor dining for the
family of eight, at minimum, and entertaining space for more ó all
within a confined space that butts up to nearby neighbor lots. In
addition, the family dog also needed a patch of the outdoors.
"There was a
laundry list of needs we needed to meet," Manke says.
arbor with a picket fence consistent with the homeís saltbox
architecture divides the front yard and backyard.
Now complete, the
front yard is dominated by a diagonal herringbone pattern paver front
walk leading to a mortared front stoop. Flower beds are confined to just
outside the stoop and along the front of the house, providing color that
gives way to plenty of front lawn.
The best view of
the projectís showier backyard starts at the family roomís French
doors, looking straight out the back and to a bluestone patio/walkway
leading to a raised gas fire pit. On both sides of the center walk to
the fire pit is a detailed pergola with LED downlights that illuminate
two critically functional spaces: a formal dining area and a cooking
space that accommodates bar-style seating with nearby grills and a pizza
oven inspired by a family trip to Italy.
Beyond the fire
pit is an additional raised landscaped area framed by a stacked
limestone wall. The space, fronted by a row of evergreens and a birch
tree, serves as an additional seating area, and nearby annuals provide
formal dining space features LED lighting, a recessed panel column
that mimics an interior architectural element, and in the
foreground, covered condiment storage.
front to the back is a side pathway with a matching white arbor and
picket gate that complements the 1925 saltbox architecture. Itís also
the perfect exercise area for the family pooch.
Manke says the
projectís biggest challenge was working with a typical Whitefish
Bay-sized yard while meeting a number of needs. He says the family is
happy with the outcome.
LED lighting washes over the homeís front exterior and a lush
arrangement of boxwood and ground cover.
yard allows the kids to toss around a football or whatever they want to
do, while the backyard accommodates the large family and extended family
for their active outdoor entertainment needs," he adds. "From
a professional perspective, my favorite part was the kitchen area. The
joy of doing this work is the family using it. It was a unique set of
criteria that had to be complete in a highly aesthetic way. This is a
landscaping investment for the long haul." M
seating offers alternative informal entertainment.
raised gas fire pit and a planting area with a short masonry wall
create a nice gathering place at the rear of the property.