When repeat clients hired McHale Landscape Design to take the lead in building their dream home in Northern Virginia, they wanted to create the same level of functionality, craftsmanship and style in both their indoor and outdoor spaces. The design team proposed a plan that would transform the barren backyard into an oasis complete with a pool and spa; a loggia with a kitchen, TV lounge area and green roof; a pergola; a play area; and a pool house with a kitchen, living area and basement. McHale assembled crews that worked in tandem to make the plans a reality.
Today, the master bedroom opens to a rooftop garden above the loggia where a seating area makes the perfect spot for the owners to enjoy morning coffee overlooking the landscape. McHale’s team selected mature tree specimens to soften the hardscape and create the proper scale between the main house and pool house.
Attention was lavished on every detail throughout the project, from the heated travertine floors in the pool house to the arbor’s heavy stone columns with hand-chiseled stone caps. Oversized entry steps with bubblers make the pool a favorite hangout spot for the owners’ kids and their guests. “They do a lot of entertaining and this has really transformed their lifestyle,” says McHale COO Phil Kelly. “They never have to leave.”