Acanthus Architecture was retained to develop a site plan for a stately 1.7-acre property in an established residential neighborhood of Greensboro. Subsequently Acanthus designed the plan’s component structures as well as architectural improvements to the existing colonial revival residence.
Working in close coordination with landscape architects Callaway & Associates, Acanthus proposed renovations, new buildings, site walls and hardscaping to both punctuate and complement the extensive gardens on the property.
New architectural elements that help define, highlight and accentuate the landscape include a paved motor court enclosed by a brick wall at the property line north of the existing house, a secondary entry wing for the home, and a two story structure with garage bays flanking a broad entrance gateway to the pool beyond. The top floor of this building contains a private guest suite that affords views of the pool and the gardens to the south. A temple front pavilion with sitting room, kitchen, and bath terminates the axis at the far end of the pool. Buckingham slate roofing was used on these buildings to match the roof of the existing home, which is just one of the ways Acanthus ensured that the entire site blends seamlessly.
The rear elevation of the house was transformed into a garden front to take advantage of the magnificent landscaping. A new bluestone terrace anchored by a dramatic fireplace was added and an underused screen porch was converted into a sundrenched living room with a roof deck accessed from the master suite.Credits: General Contractor: New Age Builders Interior Design: Knight-Carr Co. Landscape Architect: Callaway Associates Structural Engineer: Engineered Concepts Photographer: Kenton Robertson