According to James Drzewiecki, APLD, owner and principal designer of Cedarburg’s Ginkgo Leaf Studios, the owners of this midcentury ranch — built by well-known Milwaukee builder and former Metropolitan Builder’s Association president Joseph Mollica in a treasured Wauwatosa neighborhood — wanted to update the landscape in a way that would accent the retro-cool aesthetic of their home.
Drzewiecki, who has designed and overseen multiple midcentury projects throughout the area, chose a wedge-shaped theme to complement the structure’s signature bold lines. A multi-paneled front walk comprised of colored, exposed aggregate concrete with beach pebble runnels replaced the bland pavement that was original to the home. A Zen-style rock garden sits in front of the porch, while a lush, but simplified flower color palette complements the home while keeping it the primary showpiece. Finally, linear groupings of shrubs and grasses further help emphasize the lines of the architecture.
“This one of our favorite ‘MCM’ ranches’ that we’ve done,” Drzewiecki says. “It’s a niche we are really pursuing.” MKE