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Landscape Architects

Private Residence

Brookline, MA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This intimate, in-town project utilizes the confines of challenging lot dimensions to develop a unique, spacious, and practical landscape for everyday living and entertaining.  A brick-walled arrival court accommodates guests and occasional home office use by a small number of employees. The privacy of the spacious court allows for flexible use and circulation. Connecting the arrival court to the garden spaces beyond is a path that unifies each of the closely-integrated outdoor spaces. The connection establishes an elegant sequence of uses, materials, and views to the terraced gardens.

 

 

 

 

Private Residence

Brookline, MA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally a developer’s spec house, the landscape was an open lawn dotted with haphazard plantings. The new homeowners had a unique program for this in-town property: a summer home in the city. Since the most use would be from June-September, they shared some sensible and basic desires: for the landscape to feel like a garden, with flowers and sitting areas, an open lawn for childrens’ play, and a place to swim.  Using many of the existing plants in a re-imagined way, we shaped new garden spaces to provide privacy and summer blooms. The design reshaped the land, allowing subtle grade changes for garden steps, raised terraces, and sloped flower plantings. The swimming pool was integrated into the slope with a raised Ipe wood deck and cascading water’s edge. A reading terrace and sun terrace were positioned at the far perimeter of the landscape to take advantage of the afternoon light and provide a sense of depth to this in-town property.

 

 

Private Residence

Boston, MA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private Residence

Boston, MA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private Residence

Cambridge, MA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rooftop Garden

Boston, MA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paved in buff grey Minsterstone from England, a roof terrace is surrounded by trees and hedges planted in matching planters which surround five outdoor spaces. Around the corner rests a shallow pool, reflecting the plants and sky.

 

The new paving has precisely designed pattern that links steps, pool, and planters. A hedge of low growing yew, with ivy interspersed, fills the Minsterstone planters to waist height. Spring bulbs make colorful sprays in season. The new planters and hedges abut the existing brick parapet, and give a reassuring thickness to the terrace edge while removing height which would obscure views.

 

 

 

Private Residence

Boston, MA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Faced with extreme outdoor space limitations, the owners of the Beacon Hill property consulted our firm for landscape architecture services.  The task at hand was to transform their small yard (475 sf) into a unique garden that would maximize the apparent sense of space, be functional for a family with young children, and be visually appealing.  It was also necessary for the garden to integrate strongly with the interior spaces of the home.  The client asked that the garden be appropriate to the traditional style of Beacon Hill, yet unique in form and character.  This was to be accomplished in part, by incorporating oriental images where appropriate, as requested by the client.