Designing and building quality outdoor living areas can be a considerable investment of time and money.  To ensure maximum return and value on your new investment, we highly recommend a good outdoor lighting plan and installation for year-round enjoyment after the sun sets. Celebrate your plant material and natural stone work with accent lighting.  Make your walkways, terraces, and steps safe for you and your guests.

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 company has been caring for this property for over a decade!  Our original client referred the new owner to us.  The new owner wanted to renovate the terrace, pool, and create a backyard oasis.  Drainage, stone selection, maintaining site lines, and concerns about bees were a few of the challenges and requests that we had to take into consideration while developing the design concept.

Due to the large footprint and elevation of the existing pool we had a significant amount of storm water to mitigate.  To avoid using surface drains we designed island planting beds with sub surface NDS EZ-Flow drainage to absorb surface water and move it underground away from the home, pool, and landscape.

Our client considered nearly 20 different materials for his project before choosing one!  It was a process.  We visited and researched stone manufacturers, brick makers, and quarries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Canada to find the perfect match.

The north side of the property looks onto a 5-acre meadow and the south side looks out over a farm field.  We had to be conscious of plant and branch height to preserve the panoramic views.

One of our client’s dogs is allergic to bees and the property is adjacent to a honey farm.  We used minimal flowering perennials for the project to reduce the risk of the dog being stung.  Where we felt color was necessary, we strategically encapsulated the flowering species in the center of the planting beds away from walkways, pathways, and pool deck edges.  We relied heavily on perennial grasses to add color, texture, and motion to the landscape.

The project included an outdoor kitchen and bar with a large granite countertop, walkways, plantings, Kichler landscape lighting, NDS EZ-Flow drainage system, a new spa, waterfall wall, poolside dining, poolside pavilion, and a sunken fire pit with built-in seating.

We asked our client what he enjoyed most about his new backyard oasis: “Roasting marshmallows around the fire with my family.”