Sagaponack, New York
On the surface the Parsonage Lane property is straightforward. A 3.2-acre parcel. Relatively flat. Surrounded by a 10’ tall hedge. Several mature trees scattered throughout the lot. The proposed house is a meandering single-story modern home, wrapped in glass to provide views out onto the property from every room. The challenge for the LaGuardia Design Group was to create a design that ensured all of those views would be compelling, drawing the landscape up to, and at times, into the home. The design process started by thoughtfully locating key site elements, including a parking court, pool area, tennis court, cutting gardens, and gathering spaces. Subtle changes in elevation were used to define spaces around these elements, forming outdoor rooms and destinations. A matrix of flowering perennials and shrubs was introduced to reinforce these outdoor rooms, softening the edges of built structures. Where possible, existing trees were left in place to anchor the home and give scale to the landscape. In certain instances, large trees were relocated to create key connections between site and structure. In the end, the landscape was infused with layers of color, texture and form giving it a complexity and interest well beyond those original ‘straightforward’ characteristics.