A Stately English Tudor’s New Outdoor Living Spaces
These stunning spaces expand the entertaining options of a historic English Tudor
Renovating historic homes is never easy. Existing materials require matching—or at least a close approximation—and any additions need to appear as if they always have been there. A stately English Tudor in Hilltop proved no exception.
Built in 1932, the residence boasted stunning brick masonry with red flagstone accents, but the home lacked outdoor gathering spaces. And while the current owners wanted to be able to cook, dine, and entertain surrounded by blooming flowers and serene greenery, they also wanted to maintain the home’s architectural integrity.
Realizing that scenario began with architectural designer John Mattingly of Chalet sketching the outdoor spaces. He also redid the interiors, while Lifescape landscape designer Troy Shimp honed in on the hardscape and flowering features. “Chalet tore off an existing addition, relocated a garage that was in the middle of the property, and created the outdoor kitchen in what was once the driveway,” explains Shimp.
Other changes included a more intimate gathering spot off the south side of the sitting room, and reworking the home’s entry sequence. “There was a large red flagstone patio at the entrance but no fountain,” says Shimp, who scaled down the patio and replaced the original stone with a lighter toned flagstone and a bluestone diamond accent that makes the surface read like a rug. Throughout the property, plantings of boxwood, lavender, roses, lambs ear and the like are all true to an English garden and in sync with the architecture.