With stately birches and evergreens around an inviting pool, a lavish pool house, and multiple terraced levels with lighted stone steps, this garden truly brings nature close at hand to its owners in a splendid layout by Virginia-based Surrounds Landscape Architecture. As you approach the home’s front entrance, your eye is drawn immediately to a small burst of color among the otherwise unbroken green of lawn and shrubbery; a closer look reveals a neat flower bed of pale lilac baby’s breath and ground cover, cheerful in the sunshine and soothing in the shade. To complement the dignified traditional ambience of this stone-walled house, stone paths traverse the sloping property, and wrought-iron railings on the rear stairway match the security gate around the pool deck.
Beauty is in the details here: in place of plain concrete for the areas just down each small staircase, Surrounds has created colorful circular brick patterns and cobblestoned walks. Privacy fencing, so crucial for both safety and security around an in-ground pool, is the ultimate in unobtrusive: you notice it circumnavigating the property, but just barely, its bones hidden well in mature trees and sculpted boxwood. Reds and purples from both foliage and flowers trail in sweet ribbons along high brick retaining walls; the poolside deck is a cozy spot for entertaining, with the lights of the pool house reflecting off the water and alfresco tables and chairs ready for fun. Serenity, color, sumptuous green, and complete privacy: it’s all here in this Carpenter residence plan from Surrounds.