"Very refined. Takes full advantage of the site with transitions from woodland to modern courts. Lovely detailing."— 2006 Professional Awards Jury Comments
The landscape architecture of the House by the Creek has the strength and thoughtful restraint of the woman who owns it. It is very hard to believe that this house sits one lot away from a busy four-lane street in Highland Park, a township surrounded by the City of Dallas, and still feels so protected and serene.
On a small residential project, the landscape architect’s role is amalgous and shifts from designer to manager, accountant to friend and confident. It is impossible to design with such intimacy without fully understanding the movement of the Client through her home and surroundings. It is her place solely and is deeply appreciated. A comfort line is apparent when studying the placement of the house and its meeting of the landscape. The new construction inches out to the wooded grounds, not because it is timid but because it is aware of its own boundaries marking a point in time. The House by the Creek is a study in subtlety, preservation, limits and is so finely executed that it warrants the label Japanese Garden.
A strict adherence to edges is apparent when entering the motor court and traveling around and through the house to the creek bed. The detailing of the hard surfaces: terraces, stairs, pools and ledges is so precise that it appears machine made but always has the warmth of rich materials: slate from India, Texas limestone and Almondrillo wood. Even the stainless steel details are as kind as the custom made copper planters.
The landscape architect becomes a great editor when working on a job like this because one misplaced or poorly built detail can ruin the story. It is also testament to the rigors of working with a driven team and a willingness to push aside one’s own ego to understand the ideas of another.