When I took this business full time in 2008 two of my first clients were Pat and Allyson Kearney, owners of Old House Vineyards in Culpeper. In the intervening years I’ve done a lot of work for them, including landscaping their home, a new wedding pavilion at the winery, and most recently the tasting room building located in a restored 1893 farmhouse. One of the existing features that was in place at the winery was a large (8 ft x 8 ft) chessboard on the front lawn. No matter how I reconfigured the space, losing this was not an option.
Or was it?
The fact of the matter was that as much as everyone loved the chess set. the board was a little dwarfed by the space. Old House sits on a 75 acre farm, and he chess board didn’t have the presence it could. Hey, it’s like a conversation about scale in landscape design! We tossed some ideas back and forth and I settled on a chessboard made of 2 ft x 2 ft rubber tiles, raised one step above grade for drainage (and visual oomph). I stopped out today and the new, larger plastic pieces were in place.
How great is that? For such a simple element this makes me really happy. Hand carved wood pieces have just arrived as well; I’ll post pics as soon as they’re uncrated.
Like the title says, it should be fun. It’s your landscape – get out there and play!