RAEBECK HOUSE AND GARDENS
The Raebeck project involved the transformation of a 1920s Georgian suburban house located on a flat, half-acre site next door to a tennis club. The original house, an object in space, was surrounded by a relatively undeveloped, informal landscape.
We designed a modest addition (breakfast room/greenhouse) and two freestanding structures (carport and outdoor shower). All three share a common motif of gable ends and pediments built in white painted wood that compliment the Georgian style of the original house. A new brick driveway leading to the carport adjacent to the greenhouse addition functions as a terrace overlooking the garden The garden includes an open lawn surrounded by informal planting beds. The lawn is separated by shrubbery from an outdoor patio at a lower level. The patio is defined by shrubs, the edge of the carport, and the fence of the nearby tennis club. The three outdoor spaces — the driveway terrace, the open lawn, and the more private patio — are informally composed and connected.