living — 2010 — Washington, DC

Cathedral Heights Residence

An outdoor corridor and living space work together to create layers of privacy in an urban oasis.

The design took the form of an urban jewel box – with the more publically visible areas remaining relatively untouched to blend with the surrounding townhouses, and the interior garden ‘wrapped’ in a rich combination of mahogany and evergreen hedges. 

Moody Graham selected sustainable mahogany paneling, evergreens, purple-black perennials, and reflective accents to screen the existing structure, provide a backdrop for indoor activities, and create enchanting focal points.

Because of the premium on space, each element serves multiple functions: the bench at the main entrance lifts to reveal storage, the raised planting bed acts as a seat wall, and the offset mahogany screens at the foyer define the space, provide privacy, and reveal a glimpse of the private garden.

Photos by Allen Russ

Cathedral Heights Garden_Plan+Elevation


Landscape Contractors

Quarry Aquatics, Evergro Landscaping


2009 Honor Award, American Society of Landscape Architects, Maryland Chapter 

Primary Material Palette

bluestone, brick, mahogany, holly             


Time Span

2009 - 2010


Washington, DC (Cathedral Heights)