A combination of paving materials breaks down the entry court into guest parking, garage court and entry walkway.
The change in paving materials makes the transition from semi-public space to private space.
The elegant design of this home's exterior relies on a driveway and large entry court laid with cobblestones reclaimed from the streets of Philadelphia and bordered with charcoal granite cobblestones that recall a romantic past.
A stone dust entry drive leads into this narrow, waterfront lot.
The combination of an extremely narrow lot and a large amount of grade change made this a challenging lot to redevelop. The board form concrete retaining wall creates an architectural way to deal with the grade and to make the site inviting.
Even the driveway of this luxurious Miami Beach estate, known as Terra Veritatis, is spectacular. Lighted palms mark the path to the arched entry gate. Intricate detailing on the exterior wall reflects the design of the Mediterranean Revival mansion itself.
One half of this modern driveway was removed to give the home an entry courtyard. Then, designers added a lower fence to allow for visual connectivity to the neighbors, since other areas had been obscured from their view by higher walls. Then, designers build a rolling gate with perforated steel panels and an entry walk gate with a walkway running parallel to the new driveway to make the space more secure.
A small courtyard separates the driveway from the garden, with a circular entry that exudes serenity. Stone paths guide visitors around various trees and plants, with rocks along the way for sitting and reflecting.