Woodsy beauty

Landscape designer was consulted before home construction on lot


A recirculating stream makes a living connection between the lawn and the beach below. Backed by a guest house, an artificial creek doubles as a kid-size wading pool and water play area. The grandkids love to sit on the granite slab under the waterfall.

John Granen

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When the phone rang, Patrick Leuner heard a request that every landscape designer likes to receive: Prospective clients wanted his advice before their house was built. So from the get-go, Leuner was able to assess the existing Bainbridge Island landscape and work closely with the owner, the architect, an arborist, and the general contractor. This cooperative planning paid off.

For starters, the owners helped decide which plants would stay ― such as stately old trees, camellias, and rhododendrons ― and which would go. During construction, the contractor kept heavy equipment away from mature trees, protecting them from potentially fatal root compaction. The architect kept space open for these and other plants in the exterior hardscape and designed a shed for potting.

A beach borders the property, so naturally the owners wanted an unobstructed view of the water. A large lawn allows that and serves as an emerald foil for their cedar-sided house. Throughout the rest of the landscape, trees provide structure, color, and texture.

INFO: Landscape design by Patrick Leuner, Leuner Landscape Design, Hansville, WA (206/842-7325); hardscape and home architecture by Brian Jonas and Scott Allen of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen, Seattle (360/638-0800); landscape installation by David Hutchinson, D.M.H. Landscaping, Grapeview, WA (360/426-9981)


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