Encouraged to Encroach

Richardson & Associates
Words By Brian Shuff

Project Location:

Steuben

Landscape Architect:

Richardson & Associates

Architect:

Winkelman Architecture

General Contractor:

Nate Holyoke Builders

Landscape Contractor:

Atlantic Landscape Construction

Photographer:

Trent Bell

Project Location:

Falmouth

Landscape Architect:

Richardson & Associates

Architect:

Winkelman Architecture

General Contractor:

Warren Construction

Landscape Contractor:

Gnome Landscapes

In two very different projects, landscape architect Todd Richardson achieves an “inseparable knitting together of indoor and outdoor spaces,” as he puts it. At an ultrahip compound in Steuben, wild grasses grow flush with walking paths. Some plantings even jump to the roof. “You don’t see a lot of green roofs,” Todd says, “and [architect] Will Winkelman made sure this design engages with that element.” At a more traditional home in Falmouth, and using a more verdant palette, Todd’s design connects both a kitchen and a study to an outdoor dining terrace. “We worked hard to preserve the vine on the side of the house,” Todd says. “Those took 50 years to grow, so we valued them a lot.” 

“Yes, this is a simple design,” says Richardson, “but it’s a disciplined simplicity, and getting everything proportioned and looking natural—like it’s always been that way—is not so easy.”
Vines covering the terrace at this Falmouth home were preserved through three homeowners, bridging the old and new landscapes.