The Marcotte Rietz Family Residence
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The owners of the Hartwell Residence, busy in careers improving the lives of others, wished to create an oasis of serenity and enjoyment. Their ethos of sustainability and sense of aesthetics informed the design for a meditation studio and pool surrounds. An area on the brow of a hill provided the setting for the studio amidst mature native trees that were protected and carefully integrated into the studio foundation pier plan. The project architect extensively utilized reclaimed barn wood for the meditation studio. Demolition of an existing concrete pool patio, in poor condition, provided materials for the gabion wall that supports the pool and stone terrace above. The flagstone terrace is set on permeable aggregate reducing storm water runoff. Site details promote green living at a residential scale including barrels that capture rain water, a green roof on the storage shed, a composting system and the use of local genotype native plant material. The natural composition and varied texture of the plantings compliment the long horizontal lines of stone terraces and walls and provide a contrast to the verticality of trees and architecture. The clients are committed to managing their gardens with organic materials and sustainable practices.