Redmon Design Company - Scott Redmon,
Contractor: Keller Outdoor - Bobby
This landscape blends the
excitement of a sculpted modern design with the benefits of a 100% Florida
native planting design in an effort to show that they are not competing ideas
or philosophies. This project was toured by over 7,000 people as The New
American Home 2012 for the International Builders Show to showcase the latest design
trends, products and services for the residential housing market across the
country. The New American Home 2012 on an infill site in an older
neighborhood close to downtown. Amenities within walking distance include
shops, restaurants and a public library.
As landscape architects
for this exciting project, we used this platform to help bring the use of
native plants to the forefront of the conversation regarding sustainable
design. We engaged the Florida Native Plant Society and the Association of Florida
Native Nurseries because we knew their endorsement of the project was important
for all sides and to coordinate availability of plants. Our firm wanted to
ensure that the project would look dynamic and impressive on the day it was
installed and that it would rival projects that are not native designs.
Our scope of services
included Grading and Drainage Design, Hardscape Design, and Planting Design.
The plants were designed in harmony with the grading and drainage scheme by
using water loving plants in the retention areas and others in drier areas of
the site. We have portions of the site that are planted in mass in very
geometric shapes other areas of the site that are planted in more of a wooded
fashion to maximize biodiversity and provide as much habitat for birds as
possible. Once the exotics were removed, the only existing trees was a cluster
of Sabal Palms in the front yard and a large Laurel Oak in the back.
As an infill lot, privacy
was also very important, as the house backs up to four story condos. A wall of
Paurotis Palms were used in the pool area for privacy instead of the Bamboo the
owners wanted. Flatwoods Plum Trees create an alee in the front yard which
frames a piece of sculpture. The Yucca aloifolia in the front yard is a visual
feature from inside the house as well as the outside. In fact, it is really
hard to tell where the inside spaces end and the outside spaces begin
throughout the property. That fundamental thought was paramount to the design
of the architecture, as well as the landscape architecture.
We used artificial turf in
the front yard and dog run because the clients really wanted lawn space and
there is no Florida native turf grass that would be predictable enough.
Ultimately the entire site will not need regular irrigation, while still
providing lots of visual interest and privacy.
materials were chosen to create contrasting forms and textures and work into
our modern design theme. We were limited to using materials from vendors who
were sponsors for the show house. Long narrow strips of limestone were used for
the outside terraces and synthetic wood decking is around the pool area, The
wood decks and the space under them was critical to the drainage scheme, as
that is where we directed the drainage for storage and distribution to other
areas of the site.
A shared driveway with the condos in the back of the
property is how the owners access the garage, but a more interesting car
parking area with ribbons of raw concrete and Mexican beach rocks is in front
of the house for guests.
Kean - Phil
Jo Boynton, Marketing Brand Manager - Timberlake
Pelzer - Uneek
Luxury Tours, LLC
Donaldson - Florida
Native Plant Society - Florida
Association of Native Nurseries (FANN)