Somerset, MD

Completed 2002

31,000 sf

Anne Decker Architects (architect)

After purchasing a small house on a one-acre property in Somerset, MD, the owners intended to expand it greatly. The house and its site had been derelict for thirty years. As a result, the site had been completely neglected and had become a tangle of invasive trees and vines. It was necessary that the site be completely cleared prior to designing the garden. The new gardens were established on three terraces as the site sloped to the east. The topmost is at the level of the main public areas of the house and is held above the others by a stone retaining wall. It is primarily paved for small, family gatherings and outdoor dining. On the middle terrace is a lawn panel for larger parties, a swimming pool shaded by a pergola, and a small apple and peach orchard. The lower terrace is separated from the others by a bank covered with flowering perennials. This terrace is primarily a lawn for the young children to play on. The front of the house contains a tree-shaded auto court and a small garden off the kitchen. The Kitchen Garden, with a small terrace, provides the owners with a space to grow culinary herbs and cut flowers. The kitchen and breakfast room overlook it.


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Photo credit: Prakash Patel, Renderings: LAB & Perkins + Will
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Photographs: Prakash Patel; Renderings: LAB