Vive creates project individuality

Great vision coupled with forward design ideas can completely transform a home. And, that is precisely what happened in this nearly century-old home nestled in the heart of Carmel.  Ryan Coyle, landscape architect and proprietor of Vive Exterior Design, is completely responsible for this inspiring delight that is too comprehensive to manage in a single article.  Expect another visit in spring 2013.

Until then, let’s enjoy how the entry to this ranch has been updated to something Coyle refers to as “modern / rustic,” which respects both the authenticity of the house and the neighborhood.  The edgy, cedar entry pergola splashes galvanized steel as overhead members that echo the galvanized half round gutters and downspouts … a definite shout to a previous era when materials were real and felt that way.  COOL!  The same architectural arbor element was repeated on the south side of the house and brilliantly flows as an extension of the primary entry arbor.

Natural rocks

Not content with a traditional sidewalk, oversized slabs of natural stone carry marveled visitors under the entry pergola and to the front porch.  These 2’x3’ beauties are often locally sourced and installed on a bed of sand for proper drainage.  The rich tones of chocolate, coffee and caramel are repeated in the several tons of boulders responsible for grade transition and offer plenty of warm curb appeal and native planting opportunities.

If you discover yourself driving east on Smokey Row Road from Rangeline Road at the crest of the hill and beyond the church, witness fresh evidence of what an exciting design / build / landscape vision can do.