In Seattle, Margo and Gary Bennett found a property that was, as Margo says, spec-built on the site of a dilapidated bungalow that had been demolished. The new house had zero street appeal; older houses on either side and construction taking place on the slope behind meant there wasn't a lot of privacy. Plus, the lot was small, leaving little room for a garden. The couple saw the potential but needed someone who could turn their "before" into a successful "after."
Enter landscape designer David Pfeiffer. Among his challenges was the fact that the main entrance was oddly positioned at the side of the house. Because of this arrangement, the first issue Pfeiffer tackled was getting people to the front door. "I wanted to create a subtle 'invitation' for visitors to follow a path to the side entry," he says. "People are drawn toward water and its sound, so I positioned a circular fountain as a formal centerpiece in the front garden space."
Garden designer: David Pfeiffer, Garden Architecture Inc., P.O. Box 9013, Vashon, WA 98070; 206/463-5400; fax, 206/463-1466, davidpfeiffer.com.
Photographs by John Granen
Text by Ethne Clarke
Produced by Linda Humphrey