Cadence worked along-side the homeowner and PowersSchram to create a vision for this .35 acre 1950’s remodel along the banks of the Middle River, where master planning through construction administrative services were provided.
This River Retreat has been revived to its natural state. Utilizing decade old canopy trees, a specimen mahogany and a seven year apple tree as the base point for the design, this naturescape creates a hammock planting habitat. Black ironwood, native stopper varieties and bay cedar are just a few of the plants that make up the home’s new planting palette. The residence now rests in a setting that would be representative of what the landscape may have looked like in these coastal canal areas before the rise of development. The landscape has three distinct spaces for the family to use. An entry courtyard centered around the mahogany tree, the pool terrace with open views from the house out to the river and an open, set at a lower level embraced by a multi-story canopy of trees.
Paving and details mimic the horizontal lines and seen in the architectural remodel of the home, while a signature aqua colored seat wall is juxtaposed within the landscape. Paving joint details incorporate Riverjack pebbles, Mondo Grass or artificial turf to increase permeability and minimize the impact of big paver fields.
The property is now an attractive habitat for both the homeowner’s family of 5 and 2 dogs as well as the host of butterflies and birds now residing in the NatureScape. This residence is an excellent example of indoor/outdoor coastal South Florida living, with the respect to re-introducing plant material that is well suited for this region.
This Middle River Residence is a Certified Wildlife Habitat, and has been identified as a NatureScape Broward certified property and a Florida Friendly Yard.