Garden Retreat -- The Big Dig

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Phase 2 of Redefining Basement Renovation, this next phase is outside the box as the first phase of the project.

This custom builder home is on a sloped lot and while it offered our client 6,500 square feet of new home, it also offered many challenges.  The back yard is a huge hill carrying water from many neighbors.  Wood retaining walls hold back the hill to allow for an existing flagstone patio, but leave little play space for the families 3 children.  The front of the house is up a large hill and is the driveway is very dangerous in the winter.  The house towers above the street and loses a more human and charming scale.  The original house colors provided by the builder are a mustard yellow, green and brown.

We just filed for permit for this project and will be digging out the entire backyard to provide a real lawn and play space for the children.  This requires a series of stepped planter walls and an all new landscaping plan.

To the rear of the building, we are adding an outdoor cooking area, a covered porch with an excercise room above it and a new garden shed with an upper terrace for basketball.

To the front of the building, we are relandscaping everything and are adding a front porch expansion to break down the scale of the house.  Under the porch, we are digging it out and adding a storage area.  We are replacing the driveway to add texture and heat to melt snown and ice.  

Finally, we are replacing the builder grade windows and repainting the entire exterior.


Washington, D.C.

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