It’s an interesting turn of events when a client calls and wants me to renovate a garden I designed for them years ago. Several months ago, that’s exactly what happened. One of my clients is planning a 2nd story master suite addition to their 1920s American Tudor. The town was unsure they wanted to approve it, so I was asked to create new plans for the garden that would enclose it as well as renderings of what the finished product would look like.
Now I can draw, but I wanted something spectacular that would really impress the zoning board and my perspective drawings lack a certain je ne sais quoi so I decided to work with a landscape and architectural illustrator, to create some renderings from my plans and photographs.
The new second story master suite creates a covered porch underneath it. The new footprint will replace the current gardens on that side of the house which we installed six or seven years ago. A large cedar will have to be removed and many of the major plants will be dug and relocated prior to the start of construction.
Here are the renderings. All too often I find clients and others have a difficult time visualizing from a plan view. I usually resort to a lot of hand waving in the garden with the plan in front of us, but this was not an option this time.
The drawings have a lovely traditional quality to them that I really love. My drawing style is much more graphic and cartoony.