GardenWise, Inc.

On the property of an Old Town Alexandria town home, custom travertine was used to visually connect upper and lower gardens while making them seem more spacious. A broad staircase created a visual and physical connection between levels.

Distinction Award for Outdoor Living Area (Design/Build)

The task assigned to GardenWise, Inc., was to integrate a swimming pool into the rear of the town home’s largest contiguous space—the lower garden level—while ensuring enough room for poolside lounging. A dynamic, two-tone travertine marble pool deck was selected and laid in a diamond pattern, alternating darker and lighter tones. A broad staircase highlights the poolscape, providing visual and physical flow and offering casual, stadium-style seating. A large, cobalt urn dominates a water feature that creates a focal point, visible from an elevated dining terrace on the upper garden level, located on the opposite side of the pool. The urn matches the blue-tile border at the water line on the inside edge of the pool, and is echoed by other planters located throughout the two-level terraced space.

Outstanding Features

  • Integration of the cobalt water feature adds a year-round focal point.
  • The bold paving selection creates a dynamic look throughout.
  • A broad staircase provides a visual and physical connection and casual seating.
  • A row of large Little Gem magnolias offers instant privacy.

Gardenwise, Inc.
4111 18th Road North
Arlington, VA 22207

Photos © Michael K. Wilkinson