The landscape design for this property in an established New York City suburb marries stately elegance with relaxed outdoor living. The greatest challenge of the site was a considerable grade change over a small area (a third of an acre). We replaced overgrown shrubs and crumbling stonework with a clean hardscape design that clearly defines the flow around the property. A long play lawn in front is linked to a sideyard patio space and natural-gas campfire with broad bluestone block steps. A cozy dining terrace behind the house is hugged by a retaining wall that showcases friendly flowering plants and edibles. Set into the terrace wall is a custom water feature that brings sound and movement to the seating area. Exposed ledge in the backyard provides a fun playspace for adventurous kids, with a rope bridge leading to a playhouse.
A custom and compact water feature is built into the retaining wall in the back yard.
A built-in stone bench wraps around the bluestone fire pit.
Raised planters along the front of the house provide multi-season curb appeal.
A cozy dining area is nestled between the home and a wooded hillside.
A bluestone terrace was built around existing exposed ledge.
Cafe lights enliven the fire pit patio at night.
A stately bluestone staircase leads to the front door. Retaining walls create usable lawn area in the front yard.
Shade gardens and stepping stones lead into the surrounding woodland play area.
The back yard stone terrace is designed to fit multiple small gathering areas.
Lawn areas are framed by planting beds and stately stone walls.
Landscape Contractor: JMA Landscaping
Water Feature Consultant: Pond Creations by Sean