Lifescape Wins 2020 ALCC ELITE Award

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Design/Build Project Budget over $150,000 | Richthofen Castle

After purchasing this neglected property built in the late 1800s, the owners began a multiyear restoration of the home and the landscape. They wanted the grounds to be restored to their original grandeur, while modernizing the functionality and planning for long-term sustainability of the site. Historic photos helped inspire the design, which plays off the home’s arches, curved pathways and Old World perennial flowers.

Lush beds, unique statuary and updated lighting attract attention to views both from and toward the castle. Select plants provide year-round color. Deciduous trees planted along the driveway create a shade canopy in the summer and allow sun through in the winter to melt icy patches. Uplights along the front of the home highlight sculptures on the front façade. Mature trees were sourced far in advance, and some existing trees were moved within the site to create the desired aged and mature look and to provide proper screening between outdoor rooms that surround the home. Reclaimed stone, brick and other elements were sourced locally—when available—and abroad to maintain the century-old look.


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