One of America’s earliest landscape designers, Andrew Downing wrote two seminal books about houses in the late 1840’s and early in 1850. Both were aimed at young citizens of a new nation and discussed elements of how to house themselves comfortably, efficiently and aesthetically. In essence, how to gain complete enjoyment of their property without ostentation.
He recognized early on in his apprenticeship on his Father’s nursery in New York, that a house gains character from it’s relationship to the land, it’s contours, to flowers, trees and shrubbery. He wrote that a country house must nestle in or grow out of the soil.
The design professionals at IVY Studio embody these principles in our practice. The home and its grounds should be one., in tune with each other and in accord with the surrounding natural elements. We are IVY Studio, a landscape design and build consulting firm in the greater Boston area specializing in residential outdoor environments. Contact us at 781-591-0300 or vern@ivystudioMA.com to start your journey and understand the possibilities to expand your home and it’s exterior to coexist in perfect harmony.