How This Landscape Design Made a Home as Fun as a Playground

A hillside Virginia home located on a notch between two ridges is fun for the whole family.
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The evolution of Elizabeth Birdsall’s Charlottesville, Virginia, homestead—a heavily wooded lot saddled between two small rivers—unfolded over more than a decade. After a few gradual updates, she enlisted her friend Anna Boeschenstein of Grounded Landscape Architecture & Design for a project that would transform the sprawling property into a gathering place for extended family. Boeschenstein’s design, dubbed Turkey Saddle for its topography and surplus of gobbling wildlife, created a versatile outdoor space that accommodates children at play and elderly visitors in need of stable ground.

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Sarah F. Cox
Sarah F. Cox is a Detroit-based real estate developer and the founder of Write A House. She writes on design.


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