Clients who commissioned Creighton Enterprises to build their new house in Leesburg, Virginia, wanted the grounds to reflect the home’s French Country home design style. They hired landscape architect Chad Talton, who created a clean-lined, modern plan that also complements the home’s interiors.
Travertine patios and gravel walkways lined with Select Blue flagstone provide striking accents amid sweeping green lawns and formal gardens. A custom granite fountain enhances an entry courtyard delineated by stone pillars, while a palette of white blooms and green arborvitae and boxwood conveys elegance. “White flowers with an evergreen backdrop have a crisp, clean look,” observes Talton. He also planted snowdrift astilbe, viburnum, limelight hydrangea, plus Deodar cedar and magnolia for year-round interest.
A gravel path along an allée of white-flowering Natchez crape myrtle leads from the garage to the backyard. With its stone base and curving roof, the pool house echoes the architecture of the home. Inside, there’s a sitting area, a kitchen with a stone range hood and changing rooms. A pedestal fountain sits nearby.
The pool mimics the straight lines of the terraces. It boasts a large travertine patio for entertaining. Dramatic sprays of water arc out from concealed deck jets.
AWARD: Distinction, Total Residential Contracting (Design/Build). LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: CHAD TALTON, Surrounds Landscape Architecture + Construction, Sterling, Virginia. POOL CONSTRUCTION: Town and Country Pools, Springfield, Virginia.
Writer Karen Watkins is based in Bethesda, Maryland.
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