Native and Florida-friendly plant materials create layers of interest in the front yard, where the façade pays homage to classic shingle architectural style.
A wide front porch, topped with a 24-gauge standing-seam roof, invites relaxation and conversation with neighbors. Pine straw-covered beds planted with Asiatic jasmine greet guests along the front fence.
Maintenance-free Asiatic jasmine replaces sod in the front yard. "We're taking that line between the structure and the natural environment and softening it so it feels like there is not a firm and precise break line," says landscape architect Jeremy Marquis.
A factory-inspired light fixture harkens back to 20th-century industrial design. The galvanized-steel radial shade and glass cage lend nautical style.
An aluminum sculpture, Jumping for Joy, by Roswell, Ga., artist Stephen Kishel, draws attention in the front yard and stands in contrast to the home’s classic shingle-style design.
During the construction process, every effort was made to preserve existing vegetation, including Southern pine, live oak, ferns and palms, which blend seamlessly into the landscape.
"One of this area's iconic plantings is saw palmetto, which you see everywhere," says landscape architect Jeremy Marquis. "We used it to soften that line between the natural landscape and our built landscape around the home."
Two cabbage palms flank the home's light tower, drawing the eye to unique architectural detailing. A native species and the state tree of Florida, the palm is resistant to drought, high winds and hurricane-like conditions.
Wherever possible, existing live oak was protected. The home was nestled into the property, taking advantage of shade provided by native species.