Landscape Expert: Charles Owen

Fine Landscapes, Ltd., created a bucolic landscape perfect for entertaining

While a custom home by Artisan Builders was under construction in Great Falls, Fine Landscapes, Ltd., was asked to transform the expansive property. Principal Charles Owen conceived a picturesque, Cotswolds-inspired landscape that satisfied the owners’ vision. The plan encompassed a pool, spa and fire pit; and a barn-like pavilion housing a stone fireplace, outdoor kitchen and seating and dining areas.

“The land was sloped and had to be graded to achieve pleasing contours,” recounts Owen. “We created a stair-step plan with tiered gardens integrating the pool and pavilion; the idea was for each level to be less than two feet in elevation.” The swimming pool recalls cisterns found in Europe; at the base of the pool wall, a bocce ball court beckons.

Fine Landscapes, Ltd.
21558 Stonetree Court, Sterling, VA 20166

Design: Galiani Designs