Brick Contemporary Gets Japanese Garden

A boring brick contemporary gets a Craftsman-inspired update and a Japanese garden.

  • Kim and Stan Sinkford bought Stan's childhood home and immediately started renovating, so that Kim didn't feel like she was "living in Stan's parents' house."
  • Designer Chris McCullough put together a look that combines Craftsman influences with an Asian touches. Landscape designer Chris McCullough worked with Stan to choose plants and accents for a Japanese garden.
  • Rocks were used instead of mulch, enhancing the Asian theme of the landscaping. Tiered retaining walls added balance along the driveway and help prevent erosion.
  • Japanese-style lighting fixtures were added to the side of the house and on a lamp post in the yard.
  • Huge overgrown boxwoods were removed and the concrete path redirected to meet the driveway, then covered with flagstone.
  • A huge vase water feature sits just off the front entry. Colorful, low-maintenance plants really pop in the garden.
  • After briefly considering a bold cobalt blue for the trim and window boxes, Kim decided to go with a more subdued hue.
  • However, designer McCullough did manage to sneak a little bright blue into the makeover with planters on the porch.
  • The old door was dark and unwelcoming with wrought-iron trim. The new Craftsman-style door has clear sidelights to allow plenty of light into the entry.
  • The old garage door was falling apart. The new door features clean Craftsman-like lines.
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