December 20, 2013 at 8:52am
Here at Landscape Art, we regularly work on projects that involve master planned communities and neighborhoods. These communities often call for top-notch communial spaces that include plazas, parks, pools, playgrounds, pavilions and sometimes even splash parks. In one of our recent projects, we worked with Carlton Woods Creekside here in Houston to install a beautiful plaza to serve as a gathering space for residences.
Carlton Woods Creekside is the most exclusive gated section in the massive Woodlands master planned community. The neighborhood features the largest custom homes in the area and includes The Club at Carlton Woods and the Tom Fazio designed Championship Golf Course.
The project included clearing a wooded site and then constructing a large sunken plaza. The plaza is enveloped by both stone and brick pathways as well as stone retaining walls. Soft, natural and low-maintenance plantings surround the plaza giving it a lush welcoming feel. The plaza area is even complete with a spray ground feature.
The focal feature of the plaza is a large stately pavilion with a large fountain that overlooks the plaza from one end and mail kiosk from the other. The plaza area is flanked by a bathroom building, making this space complete for community events, ceremonies or just a lovely spot to rest during a daily walk. We even installed a large playground on the opposite end of the plaza. To complete the versatilty of the space, we installed two tennis courts with a seating area and a half basketball court.
As you can see in the photos, the entire area is kept private and secluded by the natural forest that surrounds the park. Nestled in the trees, the area is a perfect place for residents to relax or bring guests.
The project was constructed for The Woodlands Corporation with Bob Bruce as the owner's representative and Mark Grindell as the owner's site representative. Clark Condon Associates was the Landscape Architect and the design team leader, with Elizabeth Gilbert and Sheila Condon leading the charge. Landscape Art was the General Contractor with Andrew Walton as the project manager. D.L. Meacham and Monarch Pools were subcontractors, each contributing significantly to the project.