In Search of a Little More

Dear Homework,

We love our home, but it lacks architectural style and grace. Can you suggest improvements?

—In Search of a Little More

Dear In Search of a Little More,

If you compare my ‘after’ drawing with your photo, I hope you will grasp my overarching point about your property, namely that your landscaping needs fewer specimens and a more thoughtful, complete design.

Your house is better looking than the landscape allows it to be. For example, the large evergreen in the lawn completely blocks (at least in this view) the chimney, which is the façade’s boldest element. Also note that taller evergreens at the box bay window better fill in an awkward blank area to the left of the porch. A simple line of liriope along the entry walk gives a strong base line to the composition in contrast to the somewhat fussy planting currently there.

At the front porch, I added wider arched trim to better balance with the other white trim. Bolder plant urns and a larger carriage lamp finish off this area and give it appropriate prominence.

To my eyes, these simple changes have awakened the composition with new, pulled-together confidence.

Thanks for asking,

Homework is penned by Paul Doerner, founding partner of The Lawrence Group. If you would like your home critiqued, contact us at homework@townandstyle.com.