Lipson Residence

Chappaqua
Landscape Architects
HM White
Year
2005

An extensive house addition radically changed the building's orientation to its sloping, mix-softwood forest landscape.  HM White designed a series of walls, paths and terraces that made efficient use of the sloping topography.  Garden walls and steps were introduced to establish linkages between  each new garden room and a higher pool terrace.

A series of new garden spaces, including the billiard room's Terrace, Cherry Tree Allee, Pond Lawn and the Woodland Garden, share both new and old fieldstone walls that trace the site's environmental history.  To expose a hidden pond, the rear lawn was scoured down to improve visibility from the upper billiard's room bluestone terrace.  By lowering the lawn, a woodland slope of  native Ferns, Astilbe, Lirope, Azaleas, and Daffodil masses emerge.

An overgrown woodland was selectively cleared and transformed into the Woodland Garden.  A stream was exposed and a meandering walk introduced to help visually link the pond and large front lawn.  With this former forest edge exposed, the sense of the property's size is vastly increased with the addition of a new outdoor room.

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