This new waterfront home in Oxford resides on a grandfathered lot with breathtaking
views of Town Creek. Critical Area Buffer Reforestation required 30 new trees and
nearly 130 shrubs be planted on this half acre site. Despite the dense reforestation
requirements, the owners asked that their water views be maintained. Their list of
needs and desires also included screening the neighboring house, sufficient guest
parking, a vegetable garden and potting shed, and a storm water management program
for a house without gutters. Our solution includes native plantings around the house
to slow and absorb runoff, then channeling the balance along bed edges to three depressed
garden locations where rain water has the opportunity to seep completely into the ground.
Clustered plantings around the perimeter of the site enhance and frame creek views while further
slowing rainwater runoff.