THE SVENSK HOUSE
The Svensk House is a new construction in the Sleepy Hollow Lake community in Athens, New York.
CHALLENGE
Because the house is located on a corner lot adjacent to two roads, the main concern was creating privacy. Next a deck to cook and entertain and from where to enjoy the surrounding wilderness.
SITE ANALYSIS
First, we have to understand what conditions we are dealing with. I do a site visit and gather data and information. If needed, soil tests are taken.
INITIAL CONCEPT DESIGN
The initial concept design is a basic sketch ironing out the general idea. It tackles the challenges but also aims to fulfill other needs and wishes of the property owners.
LANDSCAPE PLAN
When the initial concept is approved, we move into a more refined detailed landscape plan.
ELEVATION DRAWING
Select areas may warrant an elevation drawing to clarify details of the plan.
MOOD BOARDS
Using Pinterest, I build shared mood boards that doubles as a source for plants but also for furniture and other garden assets.
PLANT DIAGRAM
Along with an extensive plant list with sources (from local nurseries if requested), a plant diagram shows where the plants are intended to go.
ARTIST'S RENDERING
To help visualize the new garden, I draw selected vistas by hand, then color them digitally.

The clients wished to have both a bbq and a wood fired pizza oven. Care has been taken to place them in an elegant, fireproof structure away from the main house, yet conveniently located straight out the kitchen door. The deck is elevated off the ground, framed by plantings, allowing dining guests to enjoy the scents and greenery up close. The dining area is protected from curious neighbors by a series of overlapping structures, that serves the dual purpose of creating an interesting entrance to the deck from the parking.

Hidden outback a sunken Japanese hottub perches between deck and nature. When seated in it, the location offers multiple views of the garden.

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