Country Refuge

Winchester, VA

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About a year ago, KBLA was coupled with a property owner and their location out at the foot of the blue ridge mountains, set back from a major highway and tucked in-between adjacent neighboring woodland area properties.  What had once been a designed partner piece to a larger high-end home design project, has now become an orphaned property landscape plan.  KBLA was asked to re-develop and re-design the adjacent outdoor space as extension of the home’s internal living environment, as well as provide analysis and design of proposed screen solution to existing un-desirable viewsheds of the aforementioned highway and neighboring property buildings.  In addition to planned removal of un-wanted hardscape found within the old design, KBLA was also asked to provide designed re-alignment alternatives for existing shared entrance access road, to both provide an enhanced sense of entrance into the client’s distinctive property area, as well as provide buffer to shut off view-shed of pass-through vehicle access and noise pollution.

Aerial  photo of property and surrounding area, prior to installation of phase 1 design items

Aerial photo of property and surrounding area, prior to installation of phase 1 design items

Preliminary  concept plan alternative - showing bulb-out road re-alignment and expansion private entrance drive. Project is currently within phased installation, with the remaining foundation and entrance courtyard plantings yet to be installed. First phase road re-alignment / alignment plantings, as well as east and west view-shed plantings have been installed.

Preliminary concept plan alternative - showing bulb-out road re-alignment and expansion private entrance drive. Project is currently within phased installation, with the remaining foundation and entrance courtyard plantings yet to be installed. First phase road re-alignment / alignment plantings, as well as east and west view-shed plantings have been installed.

Low-impact option alternative for road re-alignment / screen buffer

Low-impact option alternative for road re-alignment / screen buffer

Photo showing finished road re-alignment and parking entrance area. Baby Armstrong Maples planted along new entrance road re-alignment and expanded private entrance drive apron area (will grow to about 15'+ tall and 10+ foot canopy diameter). This is an additional step in the direction of creating an enhanced sense of place and arrival.

Photo showing finished road re-alignment and parking entrance area. Baby Armstrong Maples planted along new entrance road re-alignment and expanded private entrance drive apron area (will grow to about 15'+ tall and 10+ foot canopy diameter). This is an additional step in the direction of creating an enhanced sense of place and arrival.

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Construction process photo:  View shed screen plantings installed @ north and south house elevations. Projected growth to effectively screen adjacent highway visuals, entrance drive headlight & noise pollution, as well as other select views of adjacent property areas @ full maturity.

Construction process photo: View shed screen plantings installed @ north and south house elevations. Projected growth to effectively screen adjacent highway visuals, entrance drive headlight & noise pollution, as well as other select views of adjacent property areas @ full maturity.

Construction process photo:  View shed screen plantings installed @ north and south house elevations. Projected growth to effectively screen adjacent highway visuals, entrance drive headlight & noise pollution, as well as other select views of adjacent property areas @ full maturity.

Construction process photo: View shed screen plantings installed @ north and south house elevations. Projected growth to effectively screen adjacent highway visuals, entrance drive headlight & noise pollution, as well as other select views of adjacent property areas @ full maturity.

Construction process photo:  View shed screen plantings installed @ north and south house elevations. Projected growth to effectively screen adjacent highway visuals, entrance drive headlight & noise pollution, as well as other select views of adjacent property areas @ full maturity.

Construction process photo: View shed screen plantings installed @ north and south house elevations. Projected growth to effectively screen adjacent highway visuals, entrance drive headlight & noise pollution, as well as other select views of adjacent property areas @ full maturity.

Construction process photo : Finishing touches being put on new White Cloud Muhlenburgia Grass plantings by landscape installation contractor - planting of building foundation planting plan / summer 2019.

Construction process photo: Finishing touches being put on new White Cloud Muhlenburgia Grass plantings by landscape installation contractor - planting of building foundation planting plan / summer 2019.

The second phase of this projects installation is currently underway. Existing lawn/yard mow pattern adjacent to client house has been adjusted and reduced for more formalized relation to building footprint and more distinct passive recreation area and sense of place central to the home. Peripheral edge treatments are being tossed aside and boundary-lines blurred with a more naturalized informal edge transition that utilizes the re-establishment of native meadow plant species. Meadow mix is also being utilized within the configuration of close-in select yard footprint areas.

 

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