living — 2010 — Washington, DC

Forest Hills Residence

Site design, detailing, and planting were layered at the Forest Hills residence, each to reinforce the other.

To reclaim the space of the existing large driveway, Jay Graham proposed moving the garage door from one side of the existing structure to another, which significantly expanded the garden.

Recognizing potential storm water issues with steeper driveway, a permeable strip of thin rows of edge-set flagstone was inserted to capture and convey water.

The circular mound in the site’s center reconciles the angles, designates a focal point, and creates dynamic edges to the garden. An angled wall mediates new and existing structures. The walkway to the street pulls rhythm from the house by continuing the use of dark paving bands.

The Forest Hills residence demonstrates collaboration between architect and landscape architect, using design to transform the access, view, and experience.

of the site.

Photos by Allen Russ

Forest Hill Residence_Plan sketch
Forest Hill Residence_Plan Rendering

1-Shift automobile circulation from center to periphery


2-Focus site geometry with central mound


3-Pull architecture into the garden


4-Frame the space with planting



Landscape Contractors

Quarry Aquatics, Evergro Landscaping

Project Architect

Cunningham Quill

Primary Material Palette



Time Span

2006 - 2010


 Washington, DC (Forest Hills)

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609 H Street NE
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 543-1286

1318 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 543-1286

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