Village Charm: Before (1 of 6): With seven abutters, privacy was just as important as neighborliness at this charming property in a seaside Connecticut town.
The 19th Century house was gut-renovated to perfection (as well as to admiring coverage in the New York Times), but that was the easy part. The big challenges were to finesse the eccentric privacy issues on all sides while still providing a civic-pride front garden for public enjoyment and a colorful and inviting exterior environment for owners and their guests alike.
From this side of the street-front of the house, a lovely purple Japanese maple was about the only boon. The steep grass was impossible to mow, so was the first easy decision: Plants, not lawn.