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April 14, 2017

HAPPY SPRING!

It's time to start planning your garden.  Learn how to integrate the landscape with the architecture.  See what 5 of our favorite landscape architects can do for you, as you work, play, age, live, learn (our 5 practice specialties).  Read their tips about how to successfully start your next landscape project.​

TIP from JOE:  Work on articulating your vision or goals for the project, so your designers have the right information from the start.  It's important to understand the client's goals and objectives at the start of the design process.  Once we understand that, as a project team we can help the client clearly articulate their vision.  For Athenahealth, we reimagined the existing Arsenal on the Charles to create their goal of an integrated, open, sustainable campus.​

TIP from DEB:  A project centered on play should be fun!  In my experience designing for play can mean many different things and the opportunities are unlimited for kids as well as those just young at heart.  I start every project by listening closely to my clients, to better understand their project goals and how they define success.  Play is always evolving and I encourage my clients to think outside of traditional play equipment and source both natural and manufactured elements in unique ways.  There is nothing more interesting to children then being able to manipulate and test their environment in a protected and safe place. 

TIP from REBECCA: Take time at the beginning to think about alternate activities, so your designer can accommodate them.  I follow many of our clients' completed assisted living residences on Facebook. By following them on social media, we get a more intimate look into how the residents, their families and guests, and the staff are using the spaces. One image that stood out to me was of a family playing the bean bag game (aka cornhole or bag-o) in one of the courtyards we designed. This was definitely not in the "programming" we discussed during the design process! Seeing their posts about barbecues, dog shows, and bean bag game competitions reminds me that as we design these spaces, we need to be ready for anything! 

 

TIP from GREG:  Better with Age. Stewardship, for generations to come, requires a commitment to and appreciation of the ever-evolving nature of a landscape. We work with our clients as they grow in their understanding that a well-executed residential design is just the beginning of a homeowner's and property's combined legacy. Done well and cared for, it will only get better as it matures."​

TIP from BILL:  Clients are encouraged to share all they know about a property's past while, together, we envision its future legacy.  We approach each site with the understanding that there is a story to be told. The result is a cohesive weaving of that narrative with a beautiful,  implementable, and highly functional design. For this Newburyport MA client, providing a welcoming space that embraces and celebrates the larger community allows this property to evolve from a neighborhood pass-through to an engaging and beloved community "center".​

In our continuing celebration of spring and our colleagues, the landscape architects with whom we work, we want to spotlight:  
Todd Richardson of Richardson & Associates and Emma Kelly of Emma Kelly Landscape

Together we designed a remarkable house and grounds located on a lake in Maine's ski country.  In April 2017, this project

won a Merit Award in Design from Boston Society of Landscape Architects!

 

Congratulations to Todd, to Emma and to our wonderful clients!

 

Design Challenge: The early eighties ski/lakefront house/camp had a good structure, but was cut up into small rooms that didn't accommodate our clients' lifestyle.  The house was located perfectly, but had almost no curb appeal.  Take a look at how we solved these challenges:

​We took away a bedroom to create a foyer and added a mudroom and a front door vestibule to make a better entry experience.

 

We closed off one of the garages (that had been almost impossible to get out of), turning it into ski and other storage area, allowing the landscape architects to add mid level garden that really took the curse off that corner.  A garage bay and lower level mudroom (for lake gear) were added under the new screened in porch addition.

 

We closed off one of the garages (that had been almost impossible to get out of), turning it into ski and other storage area, allowing the landscape architects to add mid level garden that really took the curse off that corner.  A garage bay and lower level mudroom (for lake gear) were added under the new screened in porch addition.

 

The fireplace was re-designed in an asymmetrical way, to make it feel more rustic and less squat. We had discovered during construction meetings that each person would move their folding chairs to look out at the lake, rather than at each other, so we knew that typical furniture layouts wouldn't work. The sofa and the area rug were custom designed to take advantage of the views.​

We reorganized the master bathroom without adding space, but added a skylight over the shower for a year round outdoor shower feel. We expanded the deck off the master bedroom to accommodate a hot tub and lounge chairs.​

May 25, 2017

Leslie Saul & Associates, Inc.

architecture and interiors

Cambridge Office:
1972 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
Office: 617.234.5300
koko@lesliesaul.com

Leslie Saul & Associates, Inc.

architecture and interiors

Leslie Saul & Associates, Inc.

architecture and interiors

architecture and interiors