The Doctor's Prescription / by Faith Michaels

We began this project last season.  The family had recently moved in and the yard was a huge mess.  The front was hidden behind a partial large,old hedge and  the cobble driveway and concrete walkway were unsightly and a winter hazard. 

We began by demolishing the concrete walkway and carefully pulling up the antique cobble.  We regraded the area and installed a proper footing for the cobble driveway and relaid each stone.

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Next, we installed a bluestone walkway and rebuilt the stairs using bluestone and fieldstone.

  e custom designed and built a railing inspired by the glass pattern in the old window.

e custom designed and built a railing inspired by the glass pattern in the old window.


 We tackled the front garden late in the season but the cruel winter took its toll as it did all over New England so we replanted this Spring.

  Plantings hide a birdbath and bench for a little boy to discover!

Plantings hide a birdbath and bench for a little boy to discover!

The next job we tackled was the stairs and walls to the backyard that were falling down.

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Luiz took it all apart and then rebuilt it using some of the existing stone and adding new bluestone walkways with granite steps.

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Now for the fun part... THE BACKYARD! 

The clients wanted to keep the existing composite wall and courtyard, so our job was to make it look good.  The original owners had dug out the area and heaped yards of soil in the area behind the courtyard.  The result was a lumpy mess that began to rot the fence.

 

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Our first order of business was to selectively thin the trees, regrade the lawn area and repair, clean and paint the fence. Then we installed stone pathways, plant beds, trees and sod.

  Blueberry bushes line the path which leads to the upper lawn and tomato plants.

Blueberry bushes line the path which leads to the upper lawn and tomato plants.

  Arbor Vitae and Forsythia line the fence and add privacy from the neighbors.

Arbor Vitae and Forsythia line the fence and add privacy from the neighbors.

  We rebuilt the deck, added privacy lattice and painted it the same color as the fence to tie it all together.

We rebuilt the deck, added privacy lattice and painted it the same color as the fence to tie it all together.

  Project complete!

Project complete!