he all-too-often-neglected space between a house and garage presented Cheri Stringer, apld, with a number of design challenges: create a functional area for family use; provide a drainage solution; and connect the space aesthetically so it looks nice from key areas within the home—all on a low budget. To address the drainage issue, the plan moves standing water through natural swales that direct moisture back into the water table through concrete drains. The designer worked with the competing lines of house and garage by building raised-seat walls that double as planters. A custom water element on one wall creates sound and upscale visual interest while balancing dominant horizontal lines, softening the impact of the garage.
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Work with, and not against, dominant horizontal lines by creating smaller, subtle horizontal elements such as wall planters and water features that connect the space, rendering the area less jarring.
An existing recessed area finished with flagstone steps, boulders, and polished beach pebbles offers contrast and visual appeal. Finally, the addition of LED wall and café lights make the area suitable for entertaining. LYNN FELICI-GALLANT
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