Victorian Home - North Of Plano, Texas

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Comment by J. Robert Wainner on Monday

As I mentioned below.........Sometimes.....You just don't need a "Landscape Architect".

In the case of this home I built in 1999.....the best thing to do with the exterior of the property is "nothing".....leave the site "as is".  There's really no way I could have improved on the beauty of this property.  But, I did do everything I could.......to protect every existing tree I possibly could.  When the builders were active.....I had to constantly remind them to NOT throw debris into the wooded areas around the home...and I had to ensure the Home Builder made sure that the sub-contractors did not park vehicles or lay construction materials on any of the existing trees' root systems.  It was a constant battle....but, the trees survived all of the construction.

Comment by J. Robert Wainner on Monday

My Victorian Home that I built just North of Plano, Texas back in 1999.  Sometimes, you just don't need a "Landscape Architect".

The (1) acre lot was extremely wooded when I purchased the lot.  3,000 Sq. ft. Home.  It was important that every existing tree on the property that could be saved....was saved.  95% of the existing trees are "Post Oak"...and they are very sensitive to construction.  Plus, you can't add an irrigation syfstem...as the additional water would kill those trees.  Can't do a new "lawn" either...as you would need an irrigation system & fertilization...again, these trees would die.

I located the largest of the trees...and carefully sited the Home where I felt it would NOT damage existing tree's root systems.  I also laid out the long driveway to miss major trees and their root systems.

I was going for a KEY WEST, FLORIDA look with this Victorian Home.....hence, the colors.  Of course, some of the neighbors had a "problem" with the "colors".  But, the HOA had no rules about materials or colors used for your home.  Still, it was controversial.  In fact, one of the main TV Stations in Dallas did a "story" on our "Pink Home".....and the story aired 4 different nights in the same week.

Well, if you drive around this community.....the lots were 1 to 5 acre in size and no 2 homes were even close to being similar.  This photo was obviously taken in the "Winter".....and Winters here in the Dallas area are really only 3 months long.  The remaining months of the year....the trees are leafed out....and the home was only partially visible from the street. 

It was a GREAT environment to have a "Home Design Studio".....and be surrounded by nature in the height of my Landscape Architecture career.

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