Merging the style of the garden with the home is a tenet central to effective landscape design. For better or worse, the omnipresent dwelling takes center stage on any property. Landscape plans can’t hide the home and certainly shouldn’t ignore it. Like a skier wrapped around a pine tree, a landscape style that does not go with the home smacks of amateurism. The landscape must mesh with the style of the home, looking not like an afterthought but as one continuous thematic statement.
Is it possible to create a sustainable landscape with any home style? At first glance, some themes don’t seem to mesh with sustainable practices, take the Cape Cod home as an example. But with a knowledge of sustainable materials and creative tweaking of traditional design layouts, the ‘green’ landscape can be had with any thematic presentation.
The seamless transition from house to landscape can actually borrow from one another: paint or stucco colors match, flooring materials harmonize, wood or iron trim styles repeat where possible, furnishings coordinate, and so on. It may be necessary to make subtle changes to the façade of the home to coordinate the flavor of the intended style. Older homes may need a facelift, or at least a few cosmetic touches like a fresh coat of paint and added trim pieces that can more fully reflect the new landscape.
Homes in newer housing tracts seem to be nothing more than a nondescript nailing together of off-white stucco on drywall and composite shingle, making it seem futile to try and connect these homes with a style. But look closely and you will find some thematic design elements that point in the right direction. Even a red tile roof can swing a home into the category of ‘Spanish’ or ‘Mediterranean’, a stylistic feature that can be carried into the landscape to define its birthright.
Although most landscape designers shy away from making changes to the façade house, the landscape remodel serves as a ripe opportunity to add definition and style to the home’s exterior. The renovation provides the perfect opportunity to add a few defining, coordinated remodeling touches to the home. Like it or not, the home has an impact on the look of the landscape. The landscape and the home need to look like they were conceived flawlessly at the same point in time.