First appearances can be deceiving, as this 1920s-built house, 20 minutes from downtown Detroit, demonstrates. From the street, it is every bit the quintessential mock-Tudor tucked into a cozy quarter acre. A circular drive, set off by a formal boxwood hedge and fountain, separates the house from the street; the entrance porch has been remodeled to hint at Prairie School style, giving the house a sense of down-to-earth honesty redolent of its Midwest location.
Homeowners Bonnie Picue and husband Paul Dietz wouldn’t have it any other way, and with the aid of their designer, the late Brian Killian, and prominent local landscape designer Richard Hass, they have created a home and garden that complement each other perfectly in a blend of clean, modern comfort within a traditional frame.
“The exterior, with its combination of stucco, heavy wood beams, and aged brickwork, elaborates the Tudor-period style of the house, while the interior carries the modern theme,” says Hass, a New Yorker who came west 15 years ago to establish a practice that is very much in tune with the needs of Michigan homeowners and the climate they live in.
The front garden was planted first; the clipped hedge, water feature, and hydrangeas hint at the content of the main garden, hidden from view, behind the house.
Photography: Matthew Benson
Produced by Sandra L. Mohlmann
Landscape architect: Richard Hass, RLA, Stewart Hass & Associates, 2320 Greater Mack Ave., Suite 2, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080; 586/779-4500