Lake House Retreat
By Bertog Landscape Company
Nestled within rolling hills along Lake Geneva, this Wisconsin home is the family’s oasis from everyday life. Guests approach through a hardwood forest bordered by sweeping woodland sedges and native perennials. American hazelnut, gray dogwood and witch hazel provide definition along the driveway. Entering through custom limestone pillars, the horseshoe drive directs visitors along a mix of ornamental grasses and seasonal perennials. The clay brick drop-off welcomes guests, while a thermal bluestone landing features scallop edging enhanced by seasonal annuals. An informal bluestone pathway leads to the side of the house, where an intimate semi-circular limestone kitchen – with pizza oven, gas grill and Green Egg – satisfies the son’s culinary skills. Entering the rear yard, a curvilinear bluestone patio with limestone seat walls and a circular fire feature complements architectural detailing while maximizing site lines to Lake Geneva. Naturalistic gardens around the patio provide seasonal color and a sense of intimacy.