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Private Residence, Mountain Brook, Alabama

Highlights:

  • Series of Garden Rooms Organized Off a Central Axis
  • Brick and Bluestone Hardscapes
  • Elliptical Boxwood Garden
  • Allée of Hawthorns
  • Boxwood Parterre
  • As seen in Birmingham Home & Garden's "Birmingham Style" 2014
  • 2013 Merit Award - American Society of Landscape Architects - Alabama Chapter

Partners:

  • Architect: James F Carter Architect
  • General Contractor: Francis A Bryant & Sons
  • Swimming Pool: Hurst Gunite Contractors
  • Hardscapes: William & Carrigan Stone Masons
  • Landscape Contractor: Pratt Brown Landscapes
  • Jean Allsopp Photography

Details:

Golightly was approached by the homeowner and James F. Carter, the project architect, when they decided to add a swimming pool as part of a major architectural renovation and addition. The property is located on a severe slope with an elevation change of over 40 feet from the front of the lot to the back.Continue Reading

Fleenor Residence, Birmingham, Alabama

Highlights:

  • Alabama Stone Walkway
  • Ornamental Grasses and Native Shrubs
  • Moss Rock Stone Paths
  • Expanded Wood Deck

Partners:

  • Landscape Contractor: Green Again
  • Hardscapes and Woodwork: Green Again
  • Sylvia Martin Photography

Details:

When Golightly started this complete front and rear garden makeover in the Forest Park area of Birmingham, the homeowners told us that their goal was to minimize the size of the lawn and cut down on required maintenance while still maintaining ample green space. We quickly accepted this challenge as an opportunity to utilize nativeContinue Reading

Private Residence, Mountain Brook, Alabama

Highlights:

  • Brick and Stone Paving
  • Garden House
  • Formal Moss Garden
  • Cutting Garden

Partners:

  • General Contractor: Robert Fry, Fry/ Jones Inc.
  • Landscape Contractor: Pratt Brown Landscapes, Bruce Williams- project manager
  • Mason: Carrigan Stone
  • Sylvia Martin Photography

Details:

Located on Southwood Road in Mountain Brook, Alabama this historic family estate underwent a major interior and exterior renovation. GLA was asked to rethink and simplify the entrance sequence that previously sent visitors to a side door. Site walls were omitted and/ or reorganized creating a landing off the parking court to an ample pathContinue Reading

North Residence, Birmingham, Alabama

Highlights:

  • Native Plant Palette
  • Sustainable Landscaping
  • Site walls and Stone Terraces
  • Ornamental Grasses and Perennials
  • Lily Pool

Partners:

  • Architect: Krumdieck Architecture & Interio Design
  • Landscape Contractor: Earth Works
  • Lily Pool: Aquatic Gardens

Details:

The owner of this this new construction house in the historic Forest Park neighborhood of Birmingham asked Golightly to seamlessly integrate the house into the landscape. The house is described as a “predominantly traditional house, which is executed using contemporary geometries and elements.” The topography of the site made a lawn impossible but created theContinue Reading

Private Residence, Mountain Brook, Alabama

Highlights:

  • Hornbeam Hedge
  • Boxwood Parterre
  • 12’ x 4’ Reflecting Pool

Partners:

  • Interior Design: Marcia Unger Interiors
  • Landscape Contractor: Southern Roots Nursery
  • Lighting & Irrigation: Rain N Shine
  • Sylvia Martin Photography

Details:

Golightly was asked to rethink the pool garden for this mid 90’s Robert Frank McAlpine designed house and garden. After seeing the interiors the homeowner and her interior designer, Marcia Unger, of Marcia Unger Interiors, had been working on for years, we decided this beautiful modern aesthetic was in need of an exterior space featuringContinue Reading

Private Residence, Mountain Brook, Alabama

Highlights:

  • Bluestone and Limestone Paved Rug
  • Limestone Tudor Rose Fountain Head

Partners:

  • Contractor: Landscape Services
  • Fountain Contractor: Chuck Thomas- Aquatic Gardens
  • Mason: Carrigan Stone
  • Sylvia Martin Photography

Details:

The life of a house and its gardens allow for several designers to leave their mark on them over time. This house in Mountain Brook, Alabama designed by Henry Sprott Long Architects in 1986, has seen the grounds transformed by some of Birmingham’s top designers such as George Gambrill and Mary Zahl. Using them asContinue Reading

Private Residence, Red Mountain, Birmingham, Alabama

Highlights:

  • Brick and Limestone Detailing
  • 50 x 15 Swimming Pool
  • Fountain Terrace

Partners:

  • Landscape Contractor: T. Joyner Incorporated
  • Mason: Morrow Masonry
  • Swimming Pool and Fountain: Cox Pools
  • Sylvia Martin Photography

Details:

Overlooking Birmingham in the Redmont historic district this 1920’s Tudor style home underwent a complete interior and exterior renovation. An old tax map photograph of the front of the home inspired GLA to undo years of unfortunate design additions and affirm that less can be more. In front, a motor court of retaining walls, stampedContinue Reading

Private Residence, Mountain Brook, Alabama

Highlights:

  • Brick and Limestone Detailing
  • Nicholas Brothers Planter Converted Fountain
  • Winter King Hawthorns

Partners:

  • Architects: Henry Sprott Long & Associates Architects
  • General Contractor: Francis A Bryant & Sons
  • Landscape Contractor: Green Again
  • Fountain Construction: Aquatic Gardens
  • Fountain Bowl: Nicholas Bros. Stoneworks
  • Sylvia Martin Photography

Details:

Golightly was asked to plan the garden spaces for this new construction French Normandy brick home with limestone detailing. By design, the development’s communal green space, shallow house setbacks, and brick sidewalks with tree lined streets left little room in the front of the home for garden space but provided ample room in the backContinue Reading