Before: Divided SpacesSometimes you can't see the row house for the trees. Homeowner Elizabeth Floyd wanted an earth-friendly makeover for her classic Victorian row house. First on the list was an overgrown and dying plum tree that almost completely blocked the front of the house. The house was also painted a shade of green never seen in nature and totally out of character with the house.
Period, Modern and Eco-FriendlyDesigner Don Hirsch came up with a plan that paid respect to the home's Victorian style, while also incorporating modern touches and eco-friendly elements. The most notable changes are the fact that the tree was cut down so you can actually see the house, and the un-earthly shade of green was replaced with a more subdued hue.
Victorian DoorThe rotting front porch was demolished and the columns were recycled for use on the new porch. The new roof was topped with copper shingles and a new door matches the character of the house.
Herringbone PatternThe overgrown landscaping was removed and replaced with a variety of low-maintenance plants that will not require a lot of water and fertilizer. A herringbone pattern brick walkway makes the entry much more welcoming.
Rain Barrel and ConversationLandscape designer Lauren Wheeler carved out a small area in the yard for entertaining by placing seating in a conversation pit filled with gravel. A 50-gallon rain barrel captures water for use later when watering the landscaping.