Wallingford Restoration

Wallingford Restoration

This restored Craftsman home had an overgrown landscape that was in need of an update that fit with the style of the home. A bluestone patio with granite edging was created to give the yard some usable patio space. A small patch of Ecoturf lawn was installed for the owner’s dog. By transplanting and pruning many of the existing plants – and supplementing with a few new ones – a mature looking landscape was created immediately. Uneven, broken concrete entry steps and a rickety railing were removed and replaced with granite steps to create safer access to the home.Thermal-finished granite risers were retrofitted into existing rock walls.

 

The steps provide less steep, more comfortable access to the home. A narrow “bridge” leads to a patch of Ecoturf lawn – a pleasing green space and an easy-access doggie area. Ecoturf requires less water and mowing than regular grass. An old deck was replaced with a variegated bluestone patio edged in granite cobble. At ground level, the patio affords its users more privacy and less maintenance than the old deck. The sand-set pathway connects the new entry stairs to the home’s main entry and to the backyard patio area.

Project Design Elements
Before and After

This Craftsman home had been lovingly restored, so its owner wanted to restore the landscape to what it might have been in the early 1900s. Taking cues from the existing landscape, we selected Pennsylvania bluestone and granite as the main materials. By transplanting and pruning many of the existing plants – and supplementing with a few new ones – a mature looking landscape was created immediately. The result is a landscape that enhances the home and a yard that is accessible and enjoyable.

before, landscape architecture, cement stairway with moss
cement pathway with local vegetationwood fence with stone walkway and native vegetation
before, landscape architecture and construction; dirt pathwaylandscape architecture with stone pathway
local vegetation
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