Overview

Nature lovers by heart, a couple invited us to transform the front of their house to allow access to the brook below. The challenge was to ensure it looked like the landscape existed prior to construction of the house. The design solution involved the deepening of a nearby pond to cost-effectively help generate the necessary fill.

Design Scope

A combination of existing trees and new plantings provide detail for this private woodland pond after it was dredged and restored. Construction included an Agri Drain spillway and helped avoid a beaver house and dead snags. Stone piers nearly 10' tall stop just above the water-line and appear to be native ledge. Below the waterline, fan-shaped stone stairs built into the piers allow grandchildren to swim, climb, jump and play.

In order to improve the pond, 2,000 cubic yards of fill was transported across a wetland in the winter on timber mats in order to allow no disturbance of the native plants. The fill was then used to re-shape the landform below the house to create multiple meandering paths and stone stairs. Boulders, screened loam, and extensive plant list complete the installation.