The residence is located on a 3-acre lot with a scenic wooded backdrop. The client wanted a high quality outdoor dining room, lounge, and grilling terrace. We used the best quality natural bluestone for this project. The textures and fossil patterns in this natural cleft bluestone were superb. Smooth bluestone treads were used to border the dining area and for inlays to create textural contrast. Custom bullnose treads were used for the natural stone porches. Check out the frosty picture of the bluestone!
This home doubles as a dance studio and has a second front entryway for the studio. The client wanted an inviting front design for personal use and for their client’s enjoyment, and as a way to connect with the surrounding community. They also hold religious gatherings with family and friends so flowers for plucking and stone canvases for traditional ceremonial art displays were also priorities. Being able to walk around the entire property to enjoy their plantings was an important goal to achieve with their design and build project as well.
We designed a central front bluestone courtyard with built-in seating and Kichler landscape lighting. Magnolias, weeping Cercis, perennials, and perennial grasses, surround the courtyard. A custom 6’x6′ trellis is hung next to the main entrance like a painting where we will plant fragrant vines in the spring to stimulate the senses of their guests as they arrive. In front of each door, square brownstones were installed as canvases for their ceremonial art projects. Bluestone walkways and pathways surround the home and are met by lush plantings around the entire property.
As the project was under construction, our clients were planning a celebration to renew their vows. They were researching venues for the important event. As the project evolved and they became increasingly pleased and excited with the results, they asked us if we could guarantee completion in time for them to host their vow renewal celebration in their new garden terraces. We completed everything in time for the event!
We met with our client regarding our estate maintenance services and were having a conversation with him about how he was enjoying the new property. Our client said: “60 years on this earth and this is the first year that I have really connected with the evolution of plants and the beauty of nature around me!”
We offer a wide range of outdoor services and this portfolio showcases the following types of projects:
Master plans by our landscape architecture team
Historic stone & planting design
Natural stone terraces, walkways, and courtyards
Pergolas and Brazilian walnut steps (IPE)
Terrace plantings, front plantings, tree plantings, privacy plantings, perennial plantings, and driveway plantings
Natural fire pits
Ponds, waterfalls, and formal fountains
Our client grew up in Utah and is an avid golfer and skier. During our first meeting he expressed his love for the outdoors and was adamant that we use fine natural stone materials to build his project. His home overlooks the 15th hole of a golf course and the Sourland mountain range. A large honey locust dominates the area where he and his wife wanted us to design and build a new outdoor kitchen, bar, and fire feature. The design concept needed to respect the footprint of the mature tree. We also needed to create a new step layout that functioned seamlessly with the backdoor, existing raised porch and the new outdoor gourmet kitchen. We designed triangular Brazilian Walnut (Ipe) steps to overlook the 26′ long serpentine bar and gourmet kitchen crafted from 2″ thick soapstone with a beveled edge and natural veneer stone. The terrace is constructed of mixed natural cleft bluestone. On the other side of the dining terrace a large natural stone fire table with seating invites family and guests to gather and enjoy cocktails, surrounding perennial plantings, golf course views, and beautiful sunsets over the Sourland mountain range!
The gourmet outdoor kitchen features Alfresco and Lynx stainless steel appliances including a sink/beverage center, garbage and recycling compartments, refrigerator, weather sealed pantry, grill, side burner, Kichler lighting and a transformer cabinet.
In the front of the property the design had to solve entryway drainage problems, increase parking capacity, and add access to golf cart storage. We redesigned the driveway into an expanded formal parking court to allow for additional parking spots for their kids’ vehicles. We lined the driveway with a bluestone soldier course and bluestone super tread curbing to help guide vehicles and water for proper drainage. We added a bluestone driveway/walkway to a private bay for our client’s golf cart. Plantings and landscape lighting compliment and soften the bold bluestone accents.
We received a text message and a picture from our client on a Friday evening while he was enjoying some red wine and his new fire feature: “You did good my friends. Thx.” We had the privilege of having some fine beverages with our client fireside one evening and he told us: “You know what I like most about my new outdoor space? It is a quality space that brings my family together!”