Initial Concept | Working with Meyer and Meyer Architects, Pressley helped the owner achieve a waterfront home that feels like a Newport Mansion.
Lasting Impact | The entire property slopes toward the lake, dropping at an average 14% grade. Terraces and walls are used to create and differentiate usable, level areas, each with their own theme and purpose. The resulting landscape spaces are divided into garden "rooms" with distinctive characteristics and aesthetic elements. The Lawn Terrace is a green patio located directly off of the ground floor of the house overlooking West Lake and the Water Garden. The limestone balustrade, a tall evergreen hedge, and a massive limestone and wood pergola frame the Water Garden. Adjacent to the Water Garden, and accessible by an arbor-covered passage through the evergreen hedge, is the Ellipse Garden meant for the owners' everyday use; it also can be used for special events including a tent. The driveway follows a route that reveals a sequence of views of the new landscape, lake, and extraordinary house.